This year, major changes will be made to the programme in hopes of evolving the Summit into a much more interactive forum that inspires action and innovation. By reinventing the format of our networking sessions and closed door meetings, the aim is to expand attendees' knowledge and experiences vis-a-vis new business models, technologies and the future of the fashion industry. The following new elements will be present at the 2017 Summit.
A FRESH TAKE ON THE PROGRAMME
The 2017 Summit will emphasise the need for commitments from participants and will provide more solutions and tangible outcomes. The programme will include more conversations and panel debates where leading voices and innovative minds share their view on businesses and new solutions to the pressing challenges facing the fashion industry.
The new initiative Solutions Lab is an exhibition space with some of the latest and most innovative solutions that can help solve some companies’ most urgent sustainability issues. The masterminds behind the solutions will be at the lab ready to discuss and exchange contact information.
TOPICAL DEEP DIVES
The breakout sessions will deep dive into four interesting topics and drivers for innovation. Participants can choose the topic they are most interested in and seats are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
BREAKTHROUGH DATA ON THE INDUSTRY
The Pulse of the Fashion Industry report is a new foundational initiative that will be released every year at the Summit and is devised in collaboration with knowledge partner The Boston Consulting Group. This annual report will be the first of its kind to summarise where we are as an industry today, advance the business case for sustainability and provide actionable recommendations for companies across the supply chain.
The Summit will present a curated programme of keynotes and discussions and deep diving breakout sessions with leading voices who will share their experiences and commitments to inspire future action.
Furthermore, more than 100 top students that are part of the Youth Fashion Summit and 100 academics that are part of Educators Summit from leading international institutions will be gathered to give the next generation’s perspective on tomorrow’s innovations.
The overarching theme for the 2017 Summit is commitment to change. Thereby setting the ambition high on the outcomes and commitments we aim to raise with the event.
Tangible solutions and hands-on knowledge are key to drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future, which is why the Summit will present both tangible outcomes and call to action.
A high-level commitment based on the yearly topical focus will be presented at the Summit each year along with a toolbox making it achievable by the vast majority of Summit participants and a broad range of companies globally. Progress on the commitments will be tracked and reported back every year at the Summit to ensure that change is made.
CALL TO ACTION
The 2017 commitment is a call to action by the Global Fashion Agenda with the aim to create a unified effort among fashion brands and retailers in increasing the extent to which garments and footwear are collected, reused and recycled. Global Fashion Agenda will call on fashion brands and retailers to lead the way and make a public commitment to industry stakeholders, policy makers and consumers that they are actively taking steps to accelerate the fashion industry´s transition to a more circular system.
A CLOSER LOOK AT CIRCULAR ECONOMY
We are pleased to be working with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation to incorporate the circular enonomy into a breakout session and panel discussion at this year's Summit.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a global thought leader on the circular economy, and has played an integral role in establishing the subject on the agenda of business, government and academic decision makers.