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January 27, 2021

Fashion on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

Entering 2021, we have 10 years to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set by the United Nations in 2015 and adopted by all Member States.

The SDG’s are an urgent call for action, recognizing that all 17 goals should be met no later than 2030, none is less important than the other, if we wish to save our planet, our climate, our biodiversity and humanity and reduce inequality caused by difference in gender, health, poverty and education.

Action does not just lie with our governments. The 17 SDG’s are for each and every one of us to try and reach. Not least for the fashion industry, whose imprint on the climate equals that of UK, France and Germany combined.

So how can the industry become part of achieving the SDGs?

In many ways the fashion industry is already on its way. It not only helps citizens to express their individuality but is a driver for helping people out of poverty and especially women – for example women make up 85% of the workers in the Bangladeshi garment industry

Research shows that when women become economically independent, they invest in their children and their community, sharing their values and lifting others out of poverty as well as making sure that their children go to school. Through education, you can begin to rethink the existing and change your society for better. For fashion, that means innovate materials and production methods to do better both economically and climate wise. How can the fashion industry do good, and only good? Here is a quick guide to how the fashion industry can meet the 17 SDG’s – explore each of the 17 goals to learn more.

1. No poverty

SDG 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. Even though the fashion industry does create millions of jobs, lifting people out of economic poverty, it has a huge challenge in making sure the jobs provided are decent and providing fair wages for employees in every link of the supply chain; offering living wages and not just minimal wages. Watch Outland Denim CEO James Bartle in a conversation with Baroness Lola Young and Professor Kevin Bales regarding respectfull working conditions here.

2. Zero hunger

In producing textile materials such as cotton, the fashion industry takes up land that could be used for producing food and uses enormous amounts of water that could be used for both drinking and farming. By reusing and recycling material that is already made, or by innovating materials out of waste, e.g. making leather out of apples or pineapples, more farmland can be used for food. By reducing the use of water in the production of materials, more water can be used for farmland and drinking.

3. Good health and well-being

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted that the fashion industry must be equipped to provide employees health care and healthy work conditions. International Labour Organization (ILO) is part of a Garment Industry Call to Action, with commitments from various industry parties that include speeding access to emergency financing for both workers and employers and establishing stronger health and social protections to contribute to a more resilient fashion industry in the future. Learn more here

4. Quality education

On an individual level, workers in the fashion industry can get to know their rights through education, leading to fairer wages and work conditions. On an industry level, by educating the next generation of designers and re-educating the existing ones in sustainable fashion design and garment construction, the use of new and innovative alternatives and in sustainable supply chain management, the fashion industry will develop for the better. This was showcased in the production of 3-D recyclable shoes by Cornelius Schmitt from Zellerfeld Shoe Company Inc.

5. Gender equality

Fashion seeks to empower by offering everyone the opportunity to convey their identity through what they wear, no matter your sex. It goes without saying that the fashion industry should always seek to be “blind” as to what sex, the employee has. But with this being said, we also know that the majority of the workers in the fashion industry are women and that they are being discriminated with uncertain work conditions and poor (if any) social safety nets. HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark met some of the garment factory workers in Bangladesh and shared to her concerns for the women here.

6. Clean water and sanitation

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, textile production uses around 93 billion cubic metres of water annually. It takes 2,700 liters of water alone to make just one conventional cotton T-shirt. The same amount that one person will drink over three years. Not to mention the potential pollution during the dyeing and finishing process of materials like denim or leather. Sustainable innovations are reducing this, so you should always try to choose the sustainable alternative when you need to buy new.

7. Affordable and clean energy

By using green energy, such as solar and wind, the fashion industry can reduce the amount of CO2 emissions from 2020 to 2030 by 50%, as shown in the 2020 Fashion on Climate report, made in collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company. Learn more here. For fashion on climate justice, go to SDG 13.

8. Decent work and economic growth

SDG 8 seeks to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Decent work, employment creation, social protection, rights at work and social dialogue are necessities in the fashion industry. We must work actively to end forced labor, also known as Modern Slavery – slavery must never exist. None the less, it exists right now as you read this, and one out of every 130 girls on the planet is exploited, also in the fashion industry. This can happen in sweatshops like the one former child laborer Nasreen Sheikh experienced; watch her Real Talk here. The brand Outland Denim is a leading agent that is trying to use fashion to try and solve some of the industry’s social issues . Learn more about their approach here.

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

The fashion industry represents an often un-transparent supply chain with many links. The manufacturing of products creates 60% of the fashion industry’s emissions and another 20% is generated in the handling and distribution by brands and retailers. Sustainable solutions are key, such as cutting down on transportation to reduce CO2 emissions. You can’t improve what you don’t measure, so Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) developed the Higg Index – a suite of tools that measure environmental and social impacts in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Realising that we don’t have time to wait for regulations, fashion e-retailer Zalando will not partner with brands that are not living up to the HIGG Index by 2023. Watch this conversation between Zalando’s Kate Heiny and SAC’s Executive Director, Amina Razvi, to learn about standardising sustainability.

10. Reduced inequalities

The COVID-19 crisis has shed an ugly light on the inequalities within the fashion industry. The weakest link of the chain is proven to be the workers in the garment industry; with two out of five losing their job due to cancelling of orders, withheld payments and poor or non-existing social security nets. Global Fashion Agenda is putting emphasis on the importance of equal partnerships; the need of which is expressed in these two interviews with respectively TAL Apparel President and CTO, Delman Lee, and Denim Expert Ltd Managing Director and Bangladesh Apparel Exchange Founder and CEO, Mostafiz Uddin.

11. Sustainable cities and communities

SDG 11 focus on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Since the fateful Rana Plaza Factory collapse of 2013, where 1,134 textile factory workers died, fashion brands have increasingly shifted their focus on the structures where people make their clothing. No longer can working conditions remain a secondary concern, as the tragic accident unfortunately demonstrated. Among others, TAL Apparel leads the way with their award-winning manufactory building in Vietnam. Read more here.

12. Responsible consumption and production It is important that sustainable fashion consumption is facilitated to make sure the consumer gets access to circular fashion models through ways such as renting, recycling or resale. To ensure sustainable production patterns, Global Fashion Agenda initiated the 2020 Commitment, where the fashion industry committed to four different action points: 1) Implementing design strategies for cyclability. 2) Increasing the volume of used garments and footwear collected. 3) Increasing the volume of used garments and footwear resold. 4) Increasing the share of garments and footwear made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres. You can learn more and find the reports of the 2017-2020 project here. In 2020 Global Fashion Agenda, Reverse Resources and BGMEA initiated the Circular Fashion Partnership (CFP) in collaboration with P4G. The partnership facilitates collaborations between major global fashion brands, textile and garment manufacturers and recyclers in Bangladesh (2021) to develop and implement new systems to capture and direct post-production fashion waste back into the production of new fashion products. Learn more about CFP here.

13. Climate action

Climate changes due to increased CO2 emissions primarily strike the already vulnerable countries with natural disasters such as severe drought, fires, floodings and hurricanes. In effect it often strikes the global South (which is arguably the least responsible for the climate change), causing hunger, death, devastated homes, or the need of migration. To opt for climate justice, the fashion industry must lead change. The fashion industry’s imprint on the climate equals that of UK, France and Germany combined: 4% of the world’s CO2 emissions. If we continue on our current path, we will miss our 2030 emissions reduction targets by 50%, leading to accelerated global warming. Read more in the Fashion on Climate report (2020) made by Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company and learn how the industry can change the negative development to the better – AND save money.

14. Life below water

By polluting the oceans with items such as chemicals from garment dyeing and handling or polyester that sheds microfibres when washed, and by contributing to global warming, the fashion industry contribute to the destruction of sea life. But the fashion industry is also turning parts of the problem into new, innovative solutions. Companies like Parley for the Oceans recycles sea plastic into products like this track suit by Jide Osifeso.

15. Life on land

The fashion industry must work to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and prevent biodiversity loss. Overproduction and unsustainable production methods have a severe and negative impact on the planet’s biodiversity, but the industry has a strong desire to change this for good. One of the measures leading this change is The Fashion Pact (established 2019). Learn more about the Pact here and watch this video explainer on biodiversity.

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

SDG 16 is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The fashion industry along with any other industry must move towards a more inclusive environment, regardless of sex, age, race, or disabilities. Listen to Korina Emmerich’s Real Talk on behalf of indigenous people or to this 1:1 conversation between Samata Pattinson and Omoyemi Akerele.

17. Partnerships for the goals

To reach all of the 17 SDG’s we need to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise global partnership for sustainable development. For Global Fashion Agenda, the solution for the fashion industry is to redesign value. We believe it is possible to have a both prosperous and sustainable business; growth should not be the most important measure. To learn more about Redesigning Value, watch this video explainer.

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12th October Day 1
  • 3:00 — 4:15 PM CEST
    CFS ORIGINALS

    CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.

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    Category
    #CFS+

    The significant challenges and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 led Global Fashion Agenda to revise its plan to deliver Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year. In its place, we present CFS+: a content platform to bring together our international community. But there’s much more to CFS+ than simply an online conference…

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    As Global Fashion Agenda’s patron, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, joins Eva Kruse for a personal chat on shaping the global sustainability agenda. Reflecting on the year that has been so far, they explore industry transformation and collaboration, insisting that the only future for the fashion industry is a sustainable one.

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    As an Artist, Designer and Founder of NY-based fashion brand EMME, Korina Emmerich’s colourful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. This Real Talk gets to the heart of her values; arguing that ethics must be the forefront of our business, not just marketing and profitability.

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    In this segment, Heron Preston, Creative Director and Founder of HERON PRESTON reimagines the process of developing sustainable footwear. Watch his sport- and workwear-inspired vision for fashion combined with an inventive approach to production that’s new to both the industry and his own design practice.

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    Two of our time’s trailblazing female leaders Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress, and Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week and Founder of Style House Files, meet to discuss fashion’s influence on lifting the African continent, social justice and privilege, policy, and the broader definition of value. Together, they highlight provocative questions that lead to powerful answers and a call to action for change. This progressive and personal discussion takes place in the intimate setting of The Conduit in London, a space for people passionate about positive impact.

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    Category
    #redesigningvalue

    What do we mean when we talk about Redesigning Value? In fashion, this concept is linked to systemic processes, which many are calling to transform in 2020 and beyond, in order for the industry to become truly sustainable. We believe fashion can do better than its current track record, and further that we can find new opportunities for both a more sustainable and a more prosperous business. This explainer gets to the heart of the CFS+ headline theme – exploring value from social to sartorial while stopping at a few key points on the way – and diving into new ideas of how value can be redesigned.

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    “Why can’t fashion respect its non-negotiable planetary boundaries?” Eva speaks with Professor Kate Fletcher from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at University of the Arts London to dig deeper into Earth Logic: her approach to fashion + sustainability – which is a real strategy for Redesigning Value that firmly places planet and people first.

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    With the current linear economy devastating the fashion industry, how do we introduce a larger degree of circularity in the fashion industry? Besides causing the degradation of our natural environment, research shows that shifting to a circular economy could unlock $4.5 trillion on global economic growth. This explainer will show how you can help the fashion industry shift towards a more circular approach through connected products.

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    Jide Osifeso combines his commitment to mitigating ocean plastic with the vision of his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE, which is grounded in his interest in the study of clothing’s functional and artistic utility. Through his creative practice, Jide Osifeso demonstrates how fashion can Redesign Value through clothing.

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    Born in Nepal with no knowledge of her birthday or age, Nasreen Sheikh shares her story at CFS+. After surviving years of child slave labour in the garment industry, Nasreen Sheikh is now an Advocate for Women’s Empowerment and the Founder of Local Women’s Handicrafts in Nepal. She turns trauma into power with this Real Talk.

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    Bill Foudy leads sourcing and development for Target’s Owned Brands with a focus on delivering responsibly sourced products of high quality and value. Eva Kruse will meet the Target SVP and President (Owned Brand Sourcing and Development) for an in-depth conversation about steering through the COVID-19 crisis and how to keep innovating and delivering ‘value’ for workers and customers through challenging times.

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    Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a varied community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.

    The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda. Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.

    Join Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth for ten minutes of mindful movement, breath work and mobility. Designed to energise the CFS+ community, this session will equip you with the tools you need to integrate breathing techniques and mobility into your daily life.

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  • 4:15 — 5:50 PM CEST
    PLENARY
    Category
    #climatechange #biodiversity #circularity

    The Fashion Pact, the CEO-led coalition representing one-third of the fashion industry worldwide, shares a first update around its three pillars: climate, biodiversity and oceans.

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    Category
    #systemchange #redesign

    The industry’s current path of production and consumption, driven by short-term returns and economic growth, will not only imperil the safety and dignity of countless communities around the world, but will endanger our very existence on this planet. There is a path forward, however, and the industry must now work together to redesign its business model and rethink power dynamics to redefine what is valued and how.

    This session will explore what needs to be done.

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  • 4:15 — 6:15 PM CEST
    ROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]
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    #consumption #systemchange #transparency

    The objective of this roundtable is to provide industry and European Commission representatives with the opportunity to discuss the various options envisaged for upcoming political and legislative measures on product transparency designed to ensure efficient sustainability claims at product and brand level. It is a key topic concerning the matter of trust and the importance of creating a level playing field for the apparel and footwear industry.

  • 5:55 — 6:25 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #newmaterials #redesign

    Creative Director Jide Osifeso created waste in his past through the production of concert merchandise and other clothing and accessories, but he has shifted his approach to championing sustainable methods through his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE. This case study will dive into how Jide Osifeso solved his challenge to mitigate ocean plastic through production of a tracksuit alongside Parley for the Oceans.

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    Category
    #systemchange #redesign

    The panel discussion will surround the topic of “stakeholder” capitalism, generally, and within a fashion context. The topic will be approached from two angles: (i) investors taking a broader approach to the concept of “stakeholders”, thereby signalling a shift to look beyond shareholders, and (ii) companies pursuing strategies that elevate “purpose” in response to growing investor sentiments and COVID-19, as well as the racial injustice movement that is sweeping the world.

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    Category
    #biodiversity #circularity

    Regenerative farming can unlock positive gains for the environment, people and businesses. In this session, Kering will showcase its latest thinking and action in regenerative agriculture. Joined by the Wildlife Conservation Society the session will take a deep dive into the South Gobi Cashmere Program in Mongolia to concretely illustrate improved ecosystem management in practice. The session will also discuss the newly launched Kering for Nature Fund, which aims to transform one million hectares of existing agricultural land into one using regenerative practices.

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    Category
    #equality #transparency

    We see a gap between current sustainability efforts, where basic compliance is frequently both the floor and the ceiling for buyers, and where our industry needs to be to achieve true change – while also being successful within the planetary boundaries. This journey takes time, and we want to help textile retailers overcome some of the initial business barriers by sharing learnings from H&M Group’s journey to leading the change, along with the perspective of Tarasima Apparels, a long-term supplier partner.

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  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
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    #circularity #newmaterials

    How do you bring fashion full circle through circular innovation at scale, without compromises? We need to take action now to create collaborative solutions for a better future.

    Learn about circularity at scale – where resources are not wasted, materials that would otherwise be discarded are reused, and air and water are not polluted. Join to find out about Eastman Naia™ Renew, a new solution for circularity, sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics.

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    Category
    #climatechange #impactfree

    GANNI took part in an SDG Accelerator programme launched by UNDP and aiming to accelerate business solutions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our ambition was to create a 100% impact free collection. We took a holistic approach, working across departments. This resulted in an internal sprint process that generated information sharing across all ends of the business and accelerated our use of sustainable fabrics (organic, certified and recycled) across seasons from just 4% in July 2019 to 52,5% in August 2020, completely reinventing our way of creating a responsible supply chain from within.

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    Category
    #systemchange #transparency

    As a platform Zalando wants to create industry alignment through the adoption and acceleration of a global standard for sustainability performance to provide customers with clear and transparent sustainability information. The Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM), developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), enables apparel industry brands to compare social and environmental sustainability performance. Together, they drive collective impact and develop a common language for sustainability standards in the fashion industry.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    CEO James Bartle, Professor Kevin Bales and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey explore and evaluate the workings and outcomes of an impact-led business with positive human and ecological transformation at its core. The potential for industry change and how policy makers can create a better framework to facilitate this change will also be addressed.

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13th October Day 2
  • 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST
    CFS Originals

    CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.

    Click below to add the full 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST Originals segment to your calendar, and scroll down to learn about each segment of CFS Originals.

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    Gucci President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, is one of our industry’s leaders driving change. Having launched the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge late last year, he’s making bold commitments for Gucci - and leading by example with Gucci's own climate strategy. Eva Kruse will virtually meet Marco Bizzarri for an honest conversation about value, nature, tackling the climate crisis in the wake of COVID-19 and what’s needed next.

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    Fashion is fun, fabulous and fancy, but did you know that fashion is also closely linked to biodiversity? This explainer explores the substantial negative impact that the fashion industry has had on the total variety of life on Earth, known as biodiversity. From there, it goes one step further by explaining how fashion can evolve from being part of the problem to being part of the solution – by highlighting different solutions.

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    Together with her Co-Founder Amrit Kumar, Mriga Kapadiya is the Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO of NORBLACK NORWHITE, a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India. Systematic transformation drives Mriga Kapadiya’s Real Talk message, which celebrates the grey space of culture through style by shifting corporate success to a holistic approach.

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    High volume fashion and planetary boundaries collide in an important conversation, framed by the theme Redesigning Value, from two different stakeholder positions; Helena Helmersson, CEO of H&M Group, meets Professor Johan Rockström, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This intimate and in-depth discussion takes place in Helena’s summer house in the Swedish forest.

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    Can the idea of equal partnerships change the industry mindset and advance collective progress? This explainer digs deeper into two different types of supply chain partnerships: Transactional vs. Relationship based. Watch and learn what it takes for the industry to shape a common future stitched solidly together with trust and equal partnerships.

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    Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Ltd. and Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will be representing the voice, culture and experience of millions of garment makers and factory owners during the pandemic. Mostafiz Uddin is meeting Eva Kruse in this essential discussion about equal partnerships and how to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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    As one of the strongest voices on the need for equal partnerships in the value chain, Delman Lee, President and Chief Technology Officer of TAL Apparel Limited joins Eva Kruse for a conversation on what needs to change in the relationship between buyers and manufacturers to accelerate sustainability. This discussion will also go deeper into understanding how to forge better and more mutually rewarding partnerships.

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    As her namesake brand Ahluwalia, which is known for exploring vintage and deadstock clothing, Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s circularity challenge drives this segment. Watch her incorporate stunning design elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots with ground-breaking new labelling tech.

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    Clare Farrell is a full-time Activist and Campaigner based in London and one of the Founders of Extinction Rebellion. Leadership, honesty and ancestry of planet Earth are all featured topics here, while a devotion to personal liberty drives this Real Talk through power imbalance and climate collapse.

    Re-watch here

    Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a diverse community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.

    The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda.

    Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.

    Take a deep breath and find your center with Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth as he leads the CFS+ community through a guided meditation, crafted to provide a moment of reflection and intention-setting.

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  • 4:15 - 5:50 PM CEST
    PLENARY
    Category
    #climatechange

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company launched the Fashion on Climate report, concluding that if the fashion industry continues on its current path, it will miss the 2030 emissions reduction targets by 50%, thus generating twice the volume of carbon emissions required to reach the Paris Agreement.

    The Fashion on Climate report provides the underlying foundation for discussing this topic, and the panel will offer dynamic interaction, demystifying numbers and terminology while encouraging an open, organic exchange between participants.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption

    The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored that the fashion industry system is broken – with overproduction, excessive discounting and an unsustainable calendar ill-suited to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can key players within the system collaborate to re-imagine how the industry can operate within planetary boundaries and be more inclusive and humane?

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  • 4:15 – 6:15 PM CEST
    ROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]
    Category
    #redesign #equality

    The German EU Presidency has informally expressed a wish for “a smart mix of voluntary and mandatory measures and a smart mix of governmental and entrepreneurial measures” in the harmonisation of due diligence standards in the EU. The European Commission is also drafting a legislative proposal, with a draft report ongoing at the European Parliament level.

    This roundtable aims to better understand these wishes and to provide initial input from the industry to EU institutions.

  • 5:55 – 6:25 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #newmaterials #redesign

    Tap into how the creation of a 100% 3D printed sneaker was conceived and made possible despite limitations posed by the pandemic – through a cross-border collaborative effort from Creative Director Heron Preston (New York), Designer Daniel Bailey (London) and Engineer Cornelius Schmitt (Hamburg).

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    Category
    #systemchange #redesign

    How can the fashion sector grow out of growth and transition to a world of LESS? The authors of Earth Logic, Professors Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham, talk to three leaders of change: an ecological economist, an entrepreneur and a journalist to get to the crux of LESS, including its economic implications, worker impacts and shifting behaviours.

    Join us in a game-changing exploration of Earth Logic, which examines why less is needed, how it can be done and who can do it.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    The COVID-19 Garment Industry Call to Action is a set of shared commitments by actors across the sector to address the crisis created by the pandemic. The commitments define priorities that include speeding access to emergency financing for both workers and employers and establishing stronger health and social protections to contribute to a more resilient industry in the future.

    During this deep dive case study, we will discuss the achievements of the effort to date, as well as the challenges ahead.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    COVID-19 has had an immeasurable impact on the fashion industry. With the quick shift to remote engagement, including corporate offices moving to remote work and factory audits taking place offsite – what are the implications for the future of work? How is the resulting explosion of digitalisation driving sustainability improvement across the value chain?

    Join Li & Fung, Fung Group and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to explore the pandemic’s impact on work and hear how Li & Fung is unlocking opportunities for improved sustainability via digitalisation.

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  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND ONE
    Category
    #circularity #transparency

    Ahluwalia is known for exploring vintage and dead stock clothing, taking elements from the Creative Director’s dual Indian-Nigeran heritage and London roots. Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s difficulties within circularity drives her challenge on how to enable circular systems.

    This case study unlocks the vision behind her challenge, together with in-depth knowledge around how tech can enable circularity, presented by Michael Colarossi, VP of Innovation, Product Line Management and Sustainability at leading material science and innovation company Avery Dennison.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption #transparency

    The Higg Index is designed to enable transparency. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have been working with brands and retailers on consumer-facing transparency pilots to understand how consumers react to sustainability performance data on a product level. Consumers report that they are interested in sustainability information on products, but they do not yet use the data to drive their purchasing behaviours.

    This session will discuss the future of Higg transparency and the learnings from testing it, as well as showcasing some examples.

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    Category
    #climatechange #equality

    The case study will not only outline Timberland’s 2030 vision but also share insights into how the brand arrived at the bold goals that will drive its agenda for the next decade: from consumer insights and strategic frameworks, to supply chain partnerships and materials innovations and all the challenges faced along the way.

    Through this case study, Timberland hopes to inspire other brands and companies to pursue meaningful sustainability targets and work collectively towards a greener future.

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