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Sustainability must be fashion’s first priority

The fashion industry is one of the largest, most resource intensive industries. It is a powerful engine for global growth and development, but the current model is pushing the earth beyond its planetary boundaries and challenging social justice. The industry accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions, 20% of industrial water pollution globally and workers face issues such as hazardous environment and low wages.

We believe in the creativity and ingenuity of the fashion industry to lead a sustainability transformation. Our vision is to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.

Global Fashion Agenda is the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on fashion sustainability. As a thought leadership and advocacy organisation focusing on industry collaboration and public-private cooperation, the non-profit organisation is on a mission to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. 

Global Fashion Agenda is behind the leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which has been leading the movement for over a decade.

We consider brands and retailers at the core of securing comprehensive change and increasing the industry’s sustainability performance across the value chain to ensure that sustainability is a strategic priority. In partnership with our Strategic Partners ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target, we spearhead the fashion industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, FORUMS AND ADVOCACY

Since 2009, Global Fashion Agenda has organised the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which convenes the fashion industry, multilateral organisations, industry associations, political decision-makers and more to find common solutions to implement social and environmental sustainability. Focused on accelerating fashion’s transition to become more sustainable, the Summit showcases innovative solutions and provides insights via keynotes and panels from researchers, politicians, industry visionaries, environmentalists, global opinion makers, journalists and more. Global Fashion Agenda provides on-going thought leadership through our in-depth analysis and reports including the CEO Agenda, which spells out the eight most crucial sustainability priorities for fashions leadership offering them clear guidance on where to focus. The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, which tracks and measures the state and development of sustainability in the fashion industry. Our commitments drive industry pledges and supports fashion companies in reaching their targets on important topics, e.g. 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment that has engaged 12.5% of the global fashion market to accelerate the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system. Through policy engagement, Global Fashion Agenda proactively advocates for policy changes and supportive measures that reinforce sustainability targets and incentivise necessary change.

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