At Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on the fashion industry to take action on circularity by signing the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment (henceforth 2020 Commitment) as a concrete way to turn words into action and to accelerate the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system.
To set a direction for this transition, Global Fashion Agenda outlined four immediate 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
As of July 2019, signatories have reached 45 of 213 targets (21%) and set 17 new and/or more ambitious targets across all four action points.
Despite this progress, the fashion industry is still far from sustainable and circular as highlighted in the Pulse of the Fashion industry 2019. The pace of the industry’s sustainability performance has slowed, and sustainability solutions are not implemented fast enough to counterbalance the negative environmental and social impacts of the rapidly growing fashion industry. A strong ecosystem of collaboration is urgently needed to tackle the roadblocks ahead and governments and policymakers must play a strong role in creating a supportive regulatory framework.
“While it’s encouraging to see 12.5% of the global fashion market taking concrete action toward circular business models, we must urgently address major roadblocks collaboratively to pave the way for a systemic shift towards circularity.”– Morten Lehmann, Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Fashion Agenda
SIGNATORIES & TARGETS
Signatories have set their individual targets for 2020 with the minimum requirement of setting a target within one or more of the four action points. Global Fashion Agenda and BSR have provided guidance to signatories on setting targets, however, it is up to each individual company to set its own strategy and ambition-level.
Click on the logos below to view targets or download the Signatories’ Target Matrix for an overview of all targets set by signatories.