Today sees the release of the first annual 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment (2020 Commitment) status report. Its first year focused on getting fashion brands and retailers to take action on circularity by setting concrete and measurable targets. By June 2018, 94 companies had committed and submitted 206 targets spread across four action points, with most targets set on circular design (58%), followed by garment collection (49%) and recycling (46%), and the fewest set on reuse (24%). Read more


The fashion industry’s poor performance at the end-of-use phase of the value chain, coupled with the high impact potential of recycling, clearly illustrate the case for change. In recent years, industry initiatives and stakeholder groups have shown an increasing interest in circularity, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Fashion Positive, as well as a few pioneering companies driving the topic forward. Read more

Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 turned words into action

1,300 key players from more than 50 countries across the globe representing the fashion sector, politics, NGOs, academia and the media gathered for the sixth edition of the world’s leading annual business event on sustainability, Copenhagen Fashion Summit. “We have to have this conversation and we have to be held accountable,” proclaimed sustainability pioneer and fashion designer Stella McCartney in conversation with former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter. McCartney’s words summed up this year’s edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, which took place at Copenhagen Concert Hall on 15-16 May 2018. Read more

Pulse of The Fashion Industry 2018 report released

Today, we together with The Boston Consulting Group, proudly release the 2018 edition of the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, our annual in-depth assessment of the fashion industry's environmental and social performance. According to the 124-page industry assessment, 75% of fashion companies have improved their environmental and social performance over the last year, and the business case has proven to be nothing but positive. However, we also find that the pace of change isn't going fast enough - or far enough. Download the full Pulse of The Fashion Industry 2018 report or the executive summary.

Global Fashion Agenda’s two-fold event in London

On 17 April we travelled to London to host a two-fold fashion sustainability event for the UK press. First, there was a masterclass on sustainability in fashion on how to report on this very complex issue. Speakers included Maria Nishio, senior lecturer of Central Saint Martins; Catarina Midby, sustainability manager of H&M UK and Ireland; and Morten Lehmann, CSO of Global Fashion Agenda. Second, we hosted a press conference, moderated by former CNN International news anchor Monita Rajpal, about the upcoming Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018. With more than 50 engaged attendees from the UK press, Global Fashion Agenda is already looking forward to a future visit to the UK to take the discussion on sustainability even further.

Target’s approach to sustainable water management

Target, Strategic Partner of Global Fashion Agenda recently announced a freshwater stewardship approach. Around the world, clean water sources are disappearing at an alarming rate, which is why Target is implementing a sustainable approach to its water management to ensure a more thoughtful use of resources. Created in partnership with World Wildlife Fund(WWF) and designed to help them deliver on the UNSustainable Development Goals, this approach will address how Target can improve water quality, optimise water efficiency and increase access to clean water. Read more
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