The world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary when the next edition is held on 15-16 May 2019, marking a decade since the event put sustainability on the fashion map.

With a pioneering vision to transform the entire fashion system, the Summit launch coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, sparking the sustainability movement in the fashion industry and creating a nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet. Today, a decade later, with challenges such as climate change, human rights and resource scarcity soaring to new heights, responsible innovation has become the most important conversation in the industry, making the Summit more pertinent than ever.

Eva Kruse, founder and CEO of Global Fashion Agenda, the organisation behind Copenhagen Fashion Summit, comments:

“When we held the first Summit 10 years ago, few industry leaders recognised the importance of changing the way our industry produces, markets and consumes fashion. Fortunately, its significance is widely recognised today, and sustainability has finally found its way onto the agendas of CEOs. Not only that, more and more companies are beginning to integrate it into their business models. While it is truly amazing to see how much has changed for the better in the past decade, it is equally frustrating to observe the ever-growing pace of the challenges, so I’m counting on the next 10 years to actually transform fashion’s future.”

Shaping the next Summit

The Summit has been rewriting fashion for 10 years, and the 2019 Summit will continue to move the industry from words to action representing not just a meeting platform but an interactive space that inspires leaders to act on the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.

The next Summit will take place at Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark. As always, the two-day multi-stakeholder event will present an outstanding line-up of high-level keynote speakers on its main stage, their names to be released in the coming months. Also shaping the 2019 Summit are the release of the 2019 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, closed-door leadership roundtables, the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment signatory event, the Youth Fashion Summit, networking sessions, panel debates and topical deep-dive breakout sessions.