At Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on fashion brands and retailers to sign a commitment to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system. We outlined four immediate action points to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system:


-Action point 1: Implementing design strategies for cyclability
-Action point 2: Increasing the volume of used garments collected
-Action point 3: Increasing the volume of used garments resold
-Action point 4: Increasing the share of garments made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres


By the 30 June 2017 deadline, 64 companies and corporations had signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment representing a total of 142 brands and 7.5% of the global fashion market. Signatories commit to setting targets in one or more of these four action points for 2020 and to annually report on their progress. Global Fashion Agenda will support the brands in implementing the commitment through knowledge sharing, policy engagement and by facilitating industry alignment.




The signatories have set their individual targets for 2020 with the minimum requirement of setting a target for 2020 on one or more of the four action points. Global Fashion Agenda and BSR have provided guidance to signatories on setting targets; however, it is up to the individual companies to set their own strategy and ambition level. A progress report will be published in May 2018 highlighting the signatories’ activities and progress in reaching their targets. The signatories’ targets can be viewed by clicking on the below logos.





Arvind, Berendsen and Wtree Inc. have signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment but have yet to submit their targets. 



Today's linear “take, make, dispose” economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy. It is a model that is reaching its physical limits with the world population expected to exceed 8.5 billion people and global garment production to increase by 63% by 2030.

The 2017 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report shows that most fashion brands have yet to realise the opportunities of an increased focus on the end-of-use phase of the value chain. An accelerated effort is needed to capture important resources from being wasted and to meet future resource demands.

By acting already today, the fashion industry can lead the transition to a circular system that restores and regenerates materials while offering new opportunities for innovative design, increased customer engagement and the capturing of economic value.


Knowledge sharing is essential if we are to accelerate the fashion industry's transition to a circular fashion system and is thus an important part of the commitment. Global Fashion Agenda will develop toolboxes on garment collection, circular design, resale of used garments and post-consumer textile fibre recycling that will be available to all signatories. The toolboxes include practical tips, best practices and lessons learned from brands and industry experts. 

Alongside the release of the toolboxes Global Fashion Agenda will host webinars to share key insights from brands and experts in the field.


Global Fashion Agenda will engage with policy makers to co-develop the wider framework necessary for a circular fashion system. A policy brief will serve to inform EU policy-makers about the challenges and opportunities for fashion brands in transitioning to a circular fashion system and recommend specific actions from regulators and authorities.

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