Rana Plaza inspires ethical fashion course
In light of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza disaster, the UK's Heriot-Watt University has launched an MSc in Fashion Ethics to answer a wider international industry demand for ethical practice and supply chain knowledge.
The second anniversary of Rana Plaza passed earlier this week, a disaster in which an eight story commercial building collapsed, with a death toll of over 1,100, leaving 2,515 more injured. Considered the deadliest garment factory accident in history, it had a profound effect on global apparel industry stakeholders and consumers.
Directors of studies Dr Sue Thomas said: "The new MSc Ethics in Fashion is a research led, taught programme, focused on analysing and understanding the industry, whilst mapping the changes in practice, monitoring the voices and diversity of stakeholders in the supply-chain.
"The programme offers a chance for ethically aware graduates and established professionals to refresh their knowledge and skillset. An escalating need for Ethics in Fashion programme has been identified, and Heriot-Watt University is in a unique position with subject specific research faculty, global industry links, outstanding fashion and textiles facilities and an enviable pastoral location, with strong transport connections."
The course covers a variety of topics including, ethics in the supply-chain, international compliance and ethics, and consumer motivations. Ethics in the supply-chain looks at issues such as ageism, sizeism (reality, health and inclusion), child exploitation/trafficking, racism (reality and inclusion), and environmental impact.
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