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Copenhagen Fashion Summit


Since its first edition in 2009, Copenhagen Fashion Summit has established itself as the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Convening major fashion industry decision makers, the multi-stakeholder event – regularly referred to as the Davos of the fashion industry – has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet.

2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit saw the launch of a new, revamped format. As a result the Summit lasted two days, allowing more time to explore new elements of the Summit, gain knowledge, share experiences and discover innovative solutions. The sixth edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit took place on 15-16 May 2018 at the Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

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The CEO Agenda

Developed in collaboration with our Strategic Partners, CEO Agenda 2019 has been updated to reflect global developments, highlighting climate change as a core priority. The second edition of the Agenda presents eight sustainability priorities that every fashion CEO needs to address – because sustainability is no longer just a trend, it’s a business imperative.

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Pulse of the Fashion Industry report

The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report is published by Global Fashion Agenda in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The report follows the strong belief that the environmental, social and ethical challenges the industry faces today are not simply a threat, but instead an immense untapped value creation opportunity.

In the first edition from 2017, we made an in-depth assessment of the industry’s environmental and social performance and revealed where the industry stands.

In the 2018 report we show the progress made and provide in-depth guidance to fashion brands and retailers looking to start or find further advances toward more responsible ways of doing business.

In the 2019 update, we did a detailed consumer insights survey in addition to measuring the industry’s sustainability progress in terms of the Pulse Score.

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2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment

At Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on the fashion industry to take action on circularity by signing a commitment as a concrete way to turn words into action. The aim was to increase the number of fashion brands and retailers taking action on circularity in order to accelerate the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system.

By May 2018, the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment (2020 Commitment) had been signed by 94 companies, representing 12.5% of the global fashion market. The signatories represent large industry players like ASOS, H&M, Nike, Inditex, Kering and Target as well as SMEs including Nudie Jeans, Reformation and Ganni. Their commitment illustrates the will to create change, highlighting the urgency and strategic importance of transforming current linear business practices.

Learn more about the 2020 Commitment.