FAQ

Can I sign up as an individual?
Yes. Part of signing up is that you complete information about your affiliation or job and say why you want to join the Union.

Can my organisation sign up?
No. When you sign up to the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion you sign up as an individual. However there are no limits to the number of people who can sign up from any one organisation.

Will my name appear on a public list?
Yes. By signing up your name and affiliation will appear on the list of signatories on the Union’s website. By signing up you also allow your name to be on the list of signatories included in press releases and statements from the Union (circulated in advance of publishing).

Can I withdraw from the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion after signing?
Yes. You can withdraw at any time without prejudice, however your name will still appear on versions of the Union’s statements and publications published while you were a signatory.  

What responsibilities am I signing up for?
We have a number of tasks and actions for signatories to contribute to Union activities. These activities will be outlined on the website over the next months and may include: reading suggestions for opinion piece to send to newspapers, co-organising meetings at a conference, among others.

How much time will this take?
A couple of hours a year as a signatory, and more if you’d like to become more involved or take more responsibility.

Will this cost anything? Is there a fee?
Not at the moment. In its first year, the Union’s costs are carried by the co-founders. In the second year, we expect signatories to co-fund with suggested GBP 10 per year. We will discuss this with signatories beforehand.

How can I support this effort?
See a list of initial tasks here (link) and we encourage signatories to bring additional ideas for development to the Union collective.

Is this anti capitalist? / anti business?
Not per se. We do critique capitalism and business as it is now practised…and aim to elevate examples of ‘other ways’ that do not depend on growing demand for declining resources.

What is the benefit of being a signatory?
By being a signatory you show your support of robust knowledge-making for fashion and sustainability. A further benefit of being a signatory is that you are part of a collective group of likeminded people. Often work in fashion and sustainability can feel isolating and challenging. Together we can support each other and have more visibility and power to make real change.

When I sign up, should I then change my research practices?
We anticipate that we will all begin to work differently as we work to change things together. We will learn much and expand our options. In the short term, we ask signatories to look for opportunities within their current work to turn it towards the Union’s manifesto, i.e. that you take an active approach to helping us realize the Union’s manifesto points.

How does the Union of Concerned Fashions Researchers compare to, for example: OTA, Textile Exchange, Sustainable Apparel Coalition/Higg Index, Designers Accord, Common Objective, GOTS, Global Fashion Agenda, Fashion Revolution, CFDA and resources?
The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF) is independent of any organisations. Everybody signs up as an individual. UCRF creates a platform for establishing a robust knowledge base about sustainability themes in the fashion sector, sharing best practice and resources.

UCRF is open to researchers, people working in the fashion industry, fashion educators, researchers, scientists, organisations  and as well as concerned laypeople.

UCRF does not promote any specific fibre, material, process, or index.

UCRF does not do consultancy.

Our interest is solely in doing work that leads us towards better understanding of how to live and dress in right relationship with the Earth.

How do I leave the Union?
To leave the Union email us with ‘LEAVE’ in the subject line and state your name.