Meet the team
Our vision is to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.
Federica Marchionni is the Chief Executive Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). Marchionni is responsible for accelerating the growth of the organisation and building on its solid ten-year foundation based on a collective commitment to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.
Marchionni leads on elevating the organisation’s prestigious forums including Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+, continuing the publication of reputable thought leadership, and propelling its advocacy efforts. All led with the ultimate vision to foster a thriving fashion industry that creates prosperity for all people and communities by working within planetary boundaries, reversing its impact on climate change, and protecting biodiversity.
Before joining GFA, Marchionni attained leadership roles in Europe, USA, and China. Most recently, the role of International CEO of Secoo, a Chinese e-commerce platform and one of the largest online luxury retailers in China. Prior to Secoo, she was CEO and Board Director at Lands’ End and President of Dolce&Gabbana Inc., based in New York.
Her career began in the telecommunication industry in Italy, working for global players such as Samsung, Philips, and Ericsson. Marchionni graduated from La Sapienza University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, studied in France and the U.K., and speaks 4 languages.
Marchionni regularly speaks at conferences and top academic institutions including Harvard and Stanford University, Fortune MPW Summit.
Jonas Eder-Hansen is Chief Development & Policy Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
Eder-Hansen spearheaded GFA’s 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which called upon the fashion industry to take urgent action on circularity. The commitment was signed by 12.5% of the global fashion industry. Eder-Hansen also actively works with policymakers to align regulation and policy agendas with fashion industry interests.
Furthermore, he shapes the content for Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. The Summit provides a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate.
With a long career in sustainability, Eder-Hansen is regularly interviewed by media to provide his expert insights on the key issues. Eder-Hansen was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, where he was a major driving force in the establishment and development of the now internationally acclaimed research centre.
Alice Roberta Taylor is Senior Communications & PR Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she works to raise awareness about GFA and communicate its mission to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. She regularly engages with international media to secure publicity and manages the content creation across GFA’s communications platforms and CFS+.
Driven by the belief that effective communication has the power to make a real impact and spark change, Taylor strives to convey messages that can inform and guide leaders to take action.
Taylor has a combination of in-house and agency communications experience related to fashion, sustainability, media and retail. She first joined GFA in 2019 as PR Manager. Prior to this, she managed the publicity for Hearst UK in London for established media brands including ELLE UK and Harper’s Bazaar UK. Most recently, she managed the PR for multiple retail and hospitality clients at Stripe Communications and also led the PR for the viral fundraising campaign Run For Heroes.
She holds an MA (Hons) in History from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Christina Iskov is Senior Programme Manager and part of the Global Partnerships team at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), where she manages the innovation team. She has oversight of several GFA programmes within the Global Partnerships function, including: Innovation Forum, Design Studio, Matchmaking and Youth Fashion Summit.
Iskov has worked in the fashion industry for several years, both for Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute. She addresses sustainability issues by working with innovative and emerging solutions covering the supply chain.
Iskov holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Commercial Law from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Design Management from the Danish Design School Kolding, where she wrote her thesis about GFA’s position in the fashion industry.
Constance Beswick is Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She joined in January 2021 as Communications Assistant whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology MA (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh. She completed her dissertation on Intersectional Environmentalism, a movement for which she is a staunch advocate.
Prior to joining GFA, Beswick has explored her passion for sustainability through a number of avenues such as freelance journalism work and an agricultural consultancy internship. Her most recent work with Sustainia, saw her explore innovative ways to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals to drive positive change in businesses.
Beswick has always been extremely invested in the power and promotion of sustainable fashion via compelling narratives and communications and looks forward to exploring this at GFA.
Dana Schou is Director of Development at Global Fashion Agenda, the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
In her role, Schou leads the organisation’s development strategy to mobilise and guide industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. Schou has experience in collaborating with foundations, philanthropists and corporations on strategic programmes and partnerships.
Formerly a Director within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Directorate at the United Nations Children Fund, Schou spent 10 years in global marketing and communications for numerous Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy (LVMH) brands. She is passionate about bringing people and organisations together to create change.
Schou sits on several non-profit boards focusing on female empowerment topics such as maternal health and microfinance. She is a speaker, facilitator, assessor and ambassador at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has lectured at ESSEC, IE Business School and University of Geneva on sustainability communications, cause marketing, gender equality and cross-sector partnerships.
Ellie Savage is the Digital Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). In her role she works to raise awareness of GFA’s mission through digital channels. She manages digital communication and storytelling across all GFA events and projects.
Fashion sustainability is a passion of hers and she uses her knowledge of the industry to drive change and aims to provide practical action.
Savage joined GFA in April 2021 and has a background in fashion and technology. She started her career in buying, working for two high street brands in the UK. Then worked at a technology start-up and gained professional marketing qualifications. Most recently she ran a marketing department at Unmade (a fashion technology start-up) and then ran communications on an EU-funded textile recycling project (New Cotton Project) at Fashion for Good in Amsterdam.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion at Northampton University, UK, and a Professional Marketing Diploma, from the Chartered Institute of Marketers, UK.
Felicity Lammas joined the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) as a Sustainability Assistant in August 2020 to further pursue her interests in the sustainability field. In her role, she will be supporting the new and existing GFA reports and commitments including the CEO Agenda and the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment.
Lammas is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Fashion Marketing BA (Ind) at the University of Leeds, England. Prior to joining GFA, Lammas completed a one-year placement at online retailer ASOS as the Sustainable Fashion Intern working across the Product Integrity, Circular Economy and Supply Chain teams. During the summer, Lammas also interned with the Material Innovation Initiative and the Open Apparel Registry.
Florinda Pamungkas is a Digital Designer at Global Fashion Agenda. As part of the communications team, she is responsible for creating graphics and implementing visual directions that complement Global Fashion Agenda’s communications output.
Pamungkas is passionate about using creative skills to support initiatives that catalyze progressive change, and prior to joining GFA in January 2021, she worked with Danish organization Sex & Samfund (“Sex & Society”, ed.), using her experience in design and motion graphics to enhance campaigns, content creation and storytelling.
Pamungkas holds a BA in Graphic Design from IED Madrid, Spain, and an MA in Communication Studies and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University, Denmark.
Holly Syrett is the Impact Programmes & Sustainability Director at Global Fashion Agenda. Her responsibilities include contributing to the strategic mission and sustainability agenda, driving GFA’s impact programmes such as the Circular Fashion Partnership and ensuring strategic engagement with key stakeholders and partners.
Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Sustainability Manager in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability by researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda.
Syrett brings 10 years of experience working on sustainability and transparency programmes in the fashion industry for both public and professional audiences.
Syrett is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader and she holds a BA in Fashion and Branding from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. As part of the Global Shapers’ Community, she co-founded the Shaping Fashion movement that is now active in 50+ cities worldwide.
Sanjana Chopra is an experienced strategist in the fashion industry with over eight years of experience giving her an in-depth understanding on the fashion business supply chains. She has a proven track record of defining new business and product strategies, launching strategic partnerships and delivering both revenue and impact. Her journey to becoming a global professional in the industry first began in Paris with a successful global runway fashion brand showcasing at Paris Fashion Week and managed sales distribution for over 200+ premium segment retailers worldwide.
She carried forward her lessons from the broader International markets to work for Fashion Design Council of India, a not-for profit organisation and eventually progressed into her entrepreneurial journey based in New Delhi as a strategic consultant to Indian Fashion Brands such as Suket Dhir, winner of International Woolmark Prize Menswear 2016.
Over the years, she has worked within the sales and marketing for International Fashion brands showcasing at International Fashion Weeks (France, Denmark, Japan, China, USA, Qatar and India).
Chopra is a graduate of the University of Delhi, India, where she earned an honors degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for women and ESMOD Paris, France, where she earned her master’s degree in Management and Marketing in Fashion & Arts.
Maria Jæpelt Petersen is Head of Copenhagen Fashion Summit at Global Fashion Agenda. In this role, she drives the overall project management of the Summit working across the organisation to ensure funding and media opportunities, streamline communications and ensure the strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders.
Petersen has worked with project management and communications in the fashion industry since 2012, first with Danish designer Vibe Johannsen and later at Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute.
She holds a BA in Intercultural Market Communication and a Master’s in Management of Creative Business Processes, both from Copenhagen Business School. She wrote her master thesis on Danish Fashion Institute’s work with sustainability.
Maria Luisa Martínez Díez is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for strengthening, developing, and executing GFA’s Policy Engagement Strategy. Her responsibilities are to ensure strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders and develop partnerships with key organisations. She also leads the partnership with the Policy Hub-Circularity for Apparel and Footwear. Martínez Díez is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition´s Strategic Council on Stakeholder Engagement.
Martínez Díez joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Public Affairs Manager in September 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in EU politics and law from Sciences Po Paris and brings over 10 years of experience in Public Affairs first in Paris. Then in Brussels where she worked at namely the European Commission, the Regional Office of Madrid and the Brussels-based consultancy EURALIA where she was leading the agri-consumers department working in the fields of circular economy and sustainability in the supply chains including the fashion and food industries.
Maria Samsøe-Schmidt is Global Partnerships Coordinator at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role she coordinates the commercial work for Copenhagen Fashion Summit/CFS+, including overseeing current sponsors and various stakeholder management tasks for GFA.
Samsøe joined GFA in 2017 as Business Development Intern and continued on to coordinate and facilitate various programme elements of Copenhagen Fashion Summit/CFS+ before moving on to sponsors and partnerships in January 2021.
Samsøe is currently studying her Master’s in Management of Creative Business Processes at Copenhagen Business School. She holds a BA in Intercultural Marketing Communication and an AP degree in Global Entrepreneurship, Design & Logistics.
Marie Poulsen Schmidt is Programme Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role, she manages content for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit programme working across the organisation and with relevant stakeholders to ensure diverse topics and voices and streamline communications regarding the Summit.
Schmidt first joined GFA in 2019 and returned in 2020 as Communications Coordinator, where she supported the Communications team in Corporate Communications and PR around Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+, as well as the launch of various reports, such as the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment.
Schmidt holds a PBA in Fashion Design and has worked as an Apparel and Graphic Designer in the fashion industry for several years. She also holds a BA and MSc in Business Administration and Organisational Communication from Copenhagen Business School, specialising in Internal Business and Society.
Sandra Gonza is the Impact Programme Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for the realisation of impact-oriented programmes that facilitate the fashion industry uptake and implementation of (environmentally & socially) sustainable solutions as well as scaling circular systems.
Gonza joined GFA in November 2020 as a project manager of the Circular Fashion Partnership to plan, manage and deliver on programmatic milestones together with our various partners across the globe. She is passionate about executing and elevating strategic projects that build inclusive, equitable and resilient sustainable futures for all.
Gonza has a background in non-profit responsible business consulting, having worked at Fair Wear to address labour rights violations within fashion supply chains. She worked with brands to find innovative solutions to improve working conditions within factories. As a Creative for Climate, she is a change agent committed to making sustainability accessible, and driving meaningful climate action forward.
- 3:00 — 4:15 PM CESTCFS ORIGINALS► WHAT IS CFS ORIGINALS? ◄See MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereGlobal Fashion Agenda Explains: CFS+ PresentationSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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…Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereReal TalksSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereDesigner ChallengeSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch here1:1 Impact ConversationsSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereGlobal Fashion Agenda Explains: Redesigning ValueSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
“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.Re-watch hereGlobal Fashion Agenda Explains: RecyclingSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereDesigner ChallengeSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereReal TalksSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereGlobal LeadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Next Gen Voices presented by PandoraSee MoreMinimise
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.Nike Wellness: Mindful Movement w/ Nike Master Trainer Branden CollinsworthSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch here
- 4:15 — 5:50 PM CESTPLENARY4:15The Fashion Pact: 1-year laterSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here5:05Redesigning value in the fashion industry: Business models and power dynamicsSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here
- 4:15 — 6:15 PM CESTROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]Empowering consumers & green claimsSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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 CESTBREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTENDDesigner Challenge: From ocean plastic to tracksuitSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereRedesigning value: Looking beyond shareholder valueSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereThe importance of regenerative materials for fashionSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereMoving beyond compliance towards leading practicesSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here
- 6:30 - 7:00 PM CESTBREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTENDCircularity at scale (sustainable fashion without compromise)See MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereThe journey of creating an impact-free collectionSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereStandardising sustainability: How one e-retailer is collaborating for impactSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereCan fashion be an agent for true positive social change?See MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here
- 3:00 - 4:15 PM CESTCFS Originals► WHAT IS CFS ORIGINALS? ◄See MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereGlobal Fashion Agenda Explains: BiodiversitySee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereReal TalksSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch here1:1 Impact ConversationsSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereGlobal Fashion Agenda Explains: Equal PartnershipsSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereLive interviews with visionary leadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereDesigner ChallengeSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch hereReal TalksSee MoreMinimise
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 hereGlobal LeadersSee MoreMinimise
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.Next Gen Voices presented by PandoraSee MoreMinimise
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.Nike Wellness: Intentional Meditation with Nike Master Trainer Branden CollinsworthSee MoreMinimise
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.Re-watch here
- 4:15 - 5:50 PM CESTPLENARY4:15Fashion on Climate CEO sessionJoey Zwillinger (Allbirds, Co-Founder and Co-CEO), Dee Poon (Esquel Group, Managing Director, Brands and Distribution), Rakhil Hirdaramani (Hirdaramani Apparel, Director), Karl-Hendrik Magnus (McKinsey & Company, Senior Partner), Morten Lehmann (Global Fashion Agenda, Chief Sustainability Officer), Samata Pattinson (Red Carpet Green Dress, CEO),See MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here5:05#RewiringFashionSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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?Re-watch here
- 4:15 – 6:15 PM CESTROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]Due diligence in the apparel and footwear sectorSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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 CESTBREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTENDDesigner Challenge: How to create a 100% 3D printed sneaker?See MoreMinimiseCategory#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).Re-watch hereEarth logic – Grow out of growthSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereThe COVID-19 garment industry call to actionTara Rangarajan (International Labour Organization, Head of Communications, Brand Relationships and Country Programmes, Better Work Programme), Michael Levine (Under Armour, VP, CSO and Managing Counsel), Christina Hajagos-Clausen ( IndustriALL Global Union, Director, Textile, Garment, Shoe and Leather sector & Board Member of ACT),See MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Stream hereImplications of COVID-19 on digitalisation, sustainability and the future of workSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here
- 6:30 – 7:00 PM CESTBREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND ONEDesigner Challenge: Enabling Circular SystemsSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereThe future of consumer-facing transparencySee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch hereFrom the ground up: Building a roadmap to net positiveSee MoreMinimiseCategory#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.Re-watch here