24 April 2015 is the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, when an eight story commercial building collapsed in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh, with a death toll of 1,129 and approximately 2,515 people injured.
It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the lethal accidental structural failure in modern human history and had a profound effect on the global fashion industry stakeholders and consumers.
The programme offers a chance for ethically aware graduates and established professionals to refresh their knowledge and skillset
Dr Sue Thomas
To answer a wider international industry demand for ethical practice and supply-chain based knowledge within the industry, Heriot-Watt University, has launched an MSc in Fashion Ethics.
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 Rana Plaza disaster second anniversary is acts as a reminder for the need for a programme which covers a variety of ethical topic: Ethics in the Supply-chain, International Compliance and Ethics, Consumer Motivations. For example Ethics in the Supply-chain looks at issues as diverse as: Ageism, Sizeism (reality, health and inclusion), Child exploitation/trafficking, Racism (reality and inclusion), Makers perspective, Environmental impact, Cultural copyright, Animal Rights, speciesism.