The €1.5 trillion fashion industry is also one of the most resource and labour intensive industries in the world, emphasising the need for a unified effort to increase the sustainability of our industry across categories, borders and size of businesses. Hence achieving significant impact calls for a joint commitment on addressing the most critical issues that face our industry and planet.

Global Fashion Agenda’s mission is therefore to mobilise the international fashion industry to transform the way we produce and consume fashion. This is done by engaging the broader fashion community on the most pressing issues and solutions and by creating joint commitments to achieve significant progress.

As the flagship event of Global Fashion Agenda, Copenhagen Fashion Summit offers a meeting platform for the fashion sector’s decision-makers and creatives to learn from and engage with industry frontrunners, leading NGOs, experts, policy-makers and academia, and come together on making sustainability a strategic priority. Ultimately Copenhagen Fashion Summit will steer industry leaders towards concrete commitments, for a world beyond next season.

Uniting stakeholders from the entire fashion sector

In collaboration with a selected group of strategic partners Global Fashion Agenda will lead a global sustainability conversation and create a platform to share and promote industry standards such as The Higg Index. Global Fashion Agenda will co-develop yearly recommendations with strategic partners that will be put forward to the entire industry and jointly support commitments within the industry for tangible action.

Policy-makers and government officials are responsible for providing the regulatory and economic framework within which the fashion industry operates. Global Fashion Agenda will engage with government officials to advocate for positive regulatory changes to facilitate commitment and action by the fashion industry on sustainability.

Global Fashion Agenda will support and make accessible the best of the existing tools and solutions from experts such as SAC, Fair Fashion, Cradle to Cradle/Fashion Positive, Better Work, BCI, MADE-BY, ZDHC, BSR, TE and many more.

What makes Global Fashion Agenda unique?

 

Making sustainability fashionable

Global Fashion Agenda is first and foremost a fashion platform that conveys sustainability  and expert knowledge to mainstream fashion executives and creatives. Global Fashion Agenda takes sustainability out of the lab and into the boardroom, thereby influencing decision-making at a strategic and operational level.

 

Reaching all corners of the fashion sector

Global Fashion Agenda aims to create a movement by engaging the entire spectrum of stakeholders that can make a difference, from CEOs to consumers, luxury to high street, sustainability experts to fashion influencers, academia to business, designers to suppliers and policy-makers to NGOs. Global Fashion Agenda aims to identify the most important issues and solutions for the industry as a whole.

 

Rallying decision-makers on concrete commitments

The flagship initiative - Copenhagen Fashion Summit - is the largest event convening the major fashion industry decision-makers at a global scale, ranging from C-suite level executives and policy-makers to designers, buyers and fashion influencers. We believe in the power of uniting forces to focus efforts across and for the benefit of the entire sector, and unite these decision-makers around a firm commitment to transformation.

 

Amplifying and demystifying expertise

Global Fashion Agenda will take a collaborative approach to curate, amplify and support the best of ongoing initiatives and programmes. We see the need to reinforce the message of these initiatives to a wider and non-expert audience, translating often complex knowledge and tools into accessible resources for executives and creatives alike and providing the business perspective.

Pulse of the Fashion Industry

This year’s Summit will see the launch of the first-ever edition of the ground-breaking Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, which has been developed in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group. The annual report will provide transparency on where the industry stands today, advance the business case for sustainability and provide actionable recommendations for companies across the supply chain.

The report follows the strong belief that the industry's current environmental, social and ethical challenges represent both threats and immense, untapped value creation opportunities. This annual report will be the first of its kind to summarise where the industry stands today, advance the business case for sustainability and provide actionable recommendations for companies across the supply chain.

The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report is a foundational initiative of Global Fashion Agenda's future work.