RGE’s first new collaboration is a three-year strategic partnership with the Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFF) to advocate sustainable fashion industry practices within Singapore and the region, through programme implementation, research, and education.
RGE has committed to providing close to US$3m funding over three years to support TaFF’s fashion sustainability programme.
Wilson Teo, president of TaFF, said: “Our strategic partnership with RGE marks a step forward for TaFF to expand our sustainability ecosystem throughout the fashion value chain, from materials, manufacturing, brands, and technology to solutions. We have set up a steering committee that spans across the value chain, as a model for the industry. Together with our collaborators, we will continue to equip enterprises in the journey of sustainability. We will also work with communities to build awareness in responsible consumption and recycling.”
RGE’s vice chairman Bey Soo Khiang will join the programme’s steering committee as its vice chairperson.
The launch of TaFF’s fashion sustainability programme follows the roll-out of the Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) by Enterprise Singapore on 1 October, which supports enterprises in their sustainability initiatives and helps them capture new opportunities in the green economy.
“Industry partnerships are pertinent to uplift capabilities of enterprises. We are very encouraged by TaFF’s efforts to drive sustainability in the textile and fashion sector as trade associations and chambers play a key role in strengthening sector-specific capabilities,” says Alan Yeo, director of retail and design at Enterprise Singapore. “Collaborations with corporate partners such as RGE will also help accelerate this process. This is a good start and we hope to eventually see more companies across all sectors start to integrate sustainability alongside their growth.”
RGE’s second new partnership is a five-year research collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) on innovation in textile recycling technology. The collaboration is designed to complement RGE’s pilot urban-fit textile recycling plant in Singapore.
The official launch of the research collaboration is expected to take place next year.
Tey Wei Lin, president of RGE, said, “As a Singapore-based company and the world’s largest viscose producer, our business is well-positioned to support the country’s desire to advance sustainable development and to create a green economy. Our collaboration with TaFF and NTU is an investment of financial and other resources to create meaningful impact, not just within Singapore but also in the region. As part of our $200m investment commitment into next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology, we seek to work with innovators, industry partners, research institutions and academia to scale up solutions that will deliver cleaner and more circular cellulosic textile fibre to the masses at affordable prices.”
Last month, RGE outlined progress toward its commitment to invest $200m in next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology over a ten-year period which started in 2019.