Funding and partners

At the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, we believe effective collaboration lies at the heart of success. However we also recognise that success can be measured in many different ways, economic, cultural, ecological e.t.c and each project needs an appropriate funding model and relevant expertise to deliver it’s objectives. Below is a list of some of the bodies and organisations who have supported our work to date.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund part financed the London Style project from 2008 – 2011, allowing CSF to deliver workshops and strategic business advice to over one hundred London based fashion SMEs. CSF is currently offering a one-to-one business mentoring programme and workshops as part of Creative Hub which is part financed by The European Regional Development Fund. CSF also contributes to the DISC and Fashion Innovation Agency projects both based at London College of Fashion.

Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme

Erasmus is the European Union’s flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. The programme currently provides funding for the Fashioning the Future Summer School allowing CSF to bring together students from across Europe to participate in an intensive three week exploration of design for sustainability in fashion.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The AHRC currently funds the FIREup project, focused on developing innovative collaborations between UAL academics and fashion SMEs. It was also the funding body for the first iteration of I Stood Up, one part of the Habit(AT) project.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC has recently award funding for a new collaboration between CSF and The University of Sheffield Psychology Department. The Trading Approaches to Nurturing Sustainable Consumption in Fashion and Energy Retail (TRANSFER) knowledge exchange project will facilitate knowledge exchange between energy and fashion retailers to identify and amplify effective strategies for the promotion of sustainable consumption.

Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust funded the Local Wisdom project looking at post growth strategies for the fashion sector.

Higher Education Academy (HEA)

We have worked with the HEA since 2008, when we were commissioned to research and write the report Volume 4.0: Green Collar Graduates for the Fashion Industry. In recognition of CSF’s ground breaking work in education for sustainable development, LCF have recently been invited to join the HEA Green Academy programme.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

We have been part of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) since it’s inception in 2007. Since 2011 SCAP has been managed by WRAP and CSF continues to sit on the steering group, as well as contributing to the design working group.  Defra also financed the Shared Talent India project through the UK: India Sustainable Dialogue Development Fund.


In 2014 we announced a five-year partnership to work closely with Kering to support sustainable practices in education for the fashion industry. The partnership is a three-way approach to ensure new ways of thinking about sustainability in fashion: The Kering Talks, The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion and The Empowering Imagination module for MA students at LCF.

Forum for the Future

In 2009, we worked with Forum for the Future and the MA Fashion & the Environment students on the Fashion Futures initiative. Fashion Futures presents four vivid scenarios of the world of 2025 and the role of the fashion industry, helping companies around the globe navigate the ever-changing challenge of developing sustainable business. Forum for the Future remains a key strategic partner for CSF.


CSF has worked closely with Nike developing the relationship through engaging our expertise as consultants and educators to drive change for a Better World.  Our work with Nike is an example of the strategic industrial partnerships that help us to amplify our principles and our practice.


Back in 2007 we invited Mike Barry Head of Plan A at M&S to take part in Green is the New Black, a week long series of events held at LCF. We have been working closely with the pioneering high street brand ever since and in 2012 CSF curated the M&S Sustainable Fashion Lab to launch the Shwopping campaign.