Recently, Donghua University, WWF and China National Textile and Apparel Council jointly organized the "Clothes for a Better Future - 2022 Sustainable Fashion Forum". At the forum, Donghua University and WWF Beijing officially signed a strategic agreement to establish the "Sustainable Fashion Center".
(2022 Sustainable Fashion Forum)
WWF is one of the world's largest independent international environmental NGOs, dedicated to protecting the world's biodiversity, ensuring the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, and promoting actions to reduce pollution and wasteful consumption. By establishing the “Donghua University-WWF Sustainable Fashion Center” with WWF, the university will carry out in-depth cooperation in the fields of sustainable fashion scientific research and policy advocacy, sustainable fashion education and talent training, sustainable fashion promotion and international exchange, and give full play to the university's role as a major source of scientific and technological innovation, talent training and social service. The university will give full play to its role as a source of major scientific and technological innovation, a major force in talent training and a fresh force in social services, and contribute its intelligence and strength to promote the sustainable development of global fashion industry. Details of the cooperation are as follows:
# Scientific Research and Policy Advocacy
Focus on the transformation and upgrading of sustainable fashion in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, practice the integrated ecological and green development strategy of the Yangtze River Delta, help the high-quality transformation and development of traditional textile and garment industries in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, and promote the ecological civilization of the fashion industry in the Yangtze River Delta.
# Education and Talent Training
Jointly build a sustainable fashion design teaching system and promote the teaching of industry-education integration courses with sustainable fashion and environmental protection as the theme. Conduct internship and social practice in conjunction with WWF sustainable development projects to cultivate college students with international vision, suitable for the needs of industrial reform, and responsible for the sustainability of value chain.
Utilize the resources and advantages of both parties to carry out environmental protection actions in fashion with social impact, such as "International Green Campus Action", "Carbon Neutral Communication", "Nature Education" and other special promotional activities.
# International Exchange
Work with international organizations, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and cooperate in organizing large-scale international academic conferences and forums; work together with the "Belt and Road" World Textile University Alliance platform to spread the international influence of China's sustainable fashion initiatives.
The new round of technological revolution and industrial reform is evolving in depth, and sustainable green development has become a mainstream trend that cannot be ignored in all industries around the world. Donghua University is looking forward to working with WWF, seizing the historical opportunities, cooperating closely, and making detailed cooperation, using the "Donghua University-WWF Sustainable Fashion Center" as a platform to contribute to the realization of the sustainable development of textile and fashion industries.