Pulse report spotlight: The reality as experienced by fashion sustainability professionals

In the 2017 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, the Boston Consulting Group and Global Fashion Agenda polled over 90 senior managers responsible for sustainability issues across a range of fashion firms to identify which barriers prevent progress and which stakeholders should take responsibility. The poll showed that the main barriers to progress on sustainability span from consumers’ willingness to pay, a lack of regulations and a failure to collaborate. Read more

Kering accelerates action on climate change

Coal-fired power plants produce almost 40% of global electricity today, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change. Kering, a strategic partner of Global Fashion Agenda, has joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a coalition uniting governments, businesses and organisations to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. Under the Alliance, Kering commits to powering its operations without coal and to supporting clean power through corporate policies, in order to restrict the financing of traditional coal power without carbon capture and storage. Read more

New chance to join the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment

Today’s linear "take, make, dispose" economic model, which sends too many garments to landfills and incinerators, is simply not sustainable. Globally only 20% of clothing is collected for reuse or recycling and waste from the fashion industry is projected to increase, bringing the total to 148 million tonnes by 2030. Signatories commit to defining a circular strategy, setting targets for June 2020 and reporting on the progress of implementing the commitment. Global Fashion Agenda will support the brands in implementing the commitment through knowledge sharing, policy engagement and by facilitating industry alignment. The deadline for signing the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment Letter is 31 December 2017. Click here to sign up!

Apparel Impact Institute launches to accelerate sustainability impact

In an effort to galvanize collective action in the apparel and footwear industry, a group of industry leaders including the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Target, PVH Corp., Gap Inc. and HSBC Holdings plc, launched the Apparel Impact Institute in October to advance projects with significant environmental and social promise. The institute will work with brands and manufacturers to select, fund and scale projects that dramatically improve the sustainability impact of the apparel and footwear industry. Despite widespread awareness of the environmental hazards within the apparel and footwear industry, only a few of the pilot projects designed to reduce impacts operate on a scale that meets the critical environmental and social outcomes that brands and consumers demand. Read more here.  
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