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BIAAF (Bilbao International Art & Fashion)
Description/achievement of initiative

BIAAF (Bilbao International Art & Fashion) leads the SDGs in emerging fashion design. We defend Human Rights through promoting decent work and high-quality education. Every year, BIAAF offers a broad range of grants in order to promote equal opportunities. With our work, we aims to achieve the empowerment of women in design and defend the creative industries as a key tool for change.

Implementation methodologies

After ten years of experience, BIAAF has aligned all its strategies and actions with the SDGs. We have identified the objectives and their respective goals and have made an in-depth analysis of what Human Rights we are working on. Likewise, we have carried out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). For this task we have used tools such as the SDG Compass, the GRI 4 guide and we have also conducted interviews with the different stakeholders. Another fundamental tool has been the Guide of the Danish Institute of Human Rights to identify which rights we are working on.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Iberdrola, BBK Foundation, Euskaltel, Bilbao Bizkaia Design Council, Erasmus +, Bilbao City Council, Biscay Provincial Council and Basque Goverment.
Progress reports
Goal 4
4.3 - By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Goal 5
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Goal 8
8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
Goal 9
9.3 - Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
Goal 12
12.4 - By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
12.6 - Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
12.b - Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
IV BIAAF Forum: Sustainability and entrepreurship
Report: Sustainability in emerging fashion design
VI BIAAF International Design Contest
European workshops of sustainable fashion in Bilbao
High-performance training in Central Saint Martins for young fashion designers
Transmissions Project: 2019 to 2021
BIAAF International Fashion Design Contest February to October 2020
Aristocrazy & BIAAF Design Bootcamp. February 2020
Financing (in USD)
200 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Multidisciplinary staff: Arts and Culture, Human Rights and Sustainable Development and Business and Entrepreneurship.

Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2016 - 06/2020
Iberdrola, BBK Foundation, Euskaltel, Bilbao Bizkaia Design Council, Erasmus +, Bilbao City Council, Biscay Provincial Council and Basque Goverment.
Contact information
Rocio Sanchez, Project Manager, info@biaaf.com
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