Dear Mr. President (@JoeBiden), congratulations!
We wish you a successful presidency that will benefit people, planet and prosperity.
You inherit a new reality shaken by a pandemic that is indifferent to borders and sets out to test our solidarity and compassion. While challenging global structures and social justice, it is causing a deep economic shock that pushes companies and societies to the point of financial distress, representing a humanitarian and existential crisis.
For decades, the fashion industry has been a powerful engine for economic growth and a major contributor to the creation of millions of jobs globally, shaping cultures, societies and our daily lives.
As we grapple with the destabilising effects and long-lasting consequences of this worldwide pandemic, sustainability risks becoming secondary. Whereas short-term measures often
become the sole focus during uncertain periods, we believe sustainability provides the fundamental principle to build our industry’s future on.
In this dire situation we truly need strong leadership based on collaboration, since no one can change the world on their own.
We therefore greatly appreciate that you, Mr. President, not only will have your country rejoin the Paris Agreement but will also show leadership to urgently achieve a climate neutral world. For instance, your support and contribution are essential to impactful collaborations like the G7’s annual One Planet Summit which laid the foundation for important sector specific initiatives such as The Fashion Pact in 2019.
Your leadership is crucial in order to boost sustainability’s positioning on the global agenda, for people, the planet and prosperity.
So, congratulations with your new position and all the possibilities that it brings. We wish you all the best, and be sure, that Global Fashion Agenda will keep on mobilising and guiding the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability, while also working closely with policy makers to ensure they also play their very important part.
Sincerely, the Global Fashion Agenda Team