Convening decision makers from brands, retailers, policy and interlinked industries, the Summit has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet.
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The Crown Princess has been patron of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Global Fashion Agenda since 2009 and has been relentless in her promotion of a sustainable and responsible fashion and textile industry.
The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and is very committed to a broad range of social and health related issues. She was member of the High-Level Task Force for the ICPD and is patron of UNFPA and WHO /Regional Office for Europe and in 2007 she founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation.
“Only strong and thoughtful leadership will secure a sustainable future for the fashion industry. The transformation we need requires business innovation like we have never seen before – innovation that is based on science and development. And it requires even more of the creative energy and ingenuity that has driven the evolvement of fashion throughout history all around the world. We need a shared determination from stakeholders at all phases of production, marketing and consumption.”
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey has served on the boards of several national cultural organisations. In 2004, the Baroness was appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords, where she is working on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, Co-Chairing All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. The Baroness has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London.
Founder, Ahluwalia (2018). Joint winner of the LVMH Prize 2020. Featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 European Arts and Culture list 2020. Winner of the H&M Design Award 2019. Collaborated with Adidas at Paris Fashion Week for AW19. MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster (2018). Through her namesake brand, Ahluwalia, she takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of vintage and dead stock clothing, using textile techniques to give them new life.
“I think creativity and ingenuity are invariably linked to progression in technology. Technology has been vital to changing the fashion industry. Whether that is through material sciences or pattern cutting programmes, these advancements improve efficiency and reduce waste. None would be possible without creativity and ingenuity.”
Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director, Lagos Fashion Week (2011) and founder of fashion business development agency, Style House Files (2010). Her work has been instrumental to the prolific rise of the African fashion industry. Akerele’s commitment to develop and promote the industry led to the establishment of the biannual Lagos Fashion Week, which presents designers in Nigeria and beyond. Akerele also provides support for the industry with the help of government and investors, offers industry and incubation support for emerging talent and advocates for industry value chains to achieve their full potential.
“The most valuable players in the global fashion ecosystem are often still silent in terms of answering one of today’s most important questions: Who made my clothes? Fashion in Africa is distinct due to its craftsmanship and dependence on valuable handmade skills like embellishment, embroidery, weaving, spinning and customization. The work we do at Style House Files and Lagos Fashion Week with designers helps reinforce our conviction that fashion can impact communities and change lives. There’s an urgent need for an approach that emphasises transparency and a commitment across the value chain to ensure that every hand benefits creatively and commercially from the design process.”
Founder & CEO and Editor in Chief
Previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company in London, today one of the fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and commentators. Fascinated by the industry’s potent blend of creativity and business, he began Business of Fashion (BoF) as a blog in 2007, which has since grown into the pre-eminent global fashion industry resource serving a five-million-strong community from over 190 countries and territories.
Managing Director, Treadler, H&M Group B2B (2020). Asp has 15 years’ experience working within the H&M Group with over 10 of those years within production in Asia. Before joining the group’s new B2B initiative Treadler, providing access to the H&M Group supply chain aiming to accelerate sustainable change for other companies, as Managing Director, he most recently worked as Regional Country Manager in Production for South Asia and Africa.
Product Designer and Founder
Product designer and Founder, ConceptKicks (2013). Bailey studied product design near the greater New York area and focuses primarily on footwear innovation. Uses the “Mr. Bailey” moniker as a vessel to explore design and art projects, whether through his own personal projects or through collaborations with brands, designers or artists that embody principles he admires.
“Creativity is something that is often associated with just design, but I believe it should permeate into much more than just that. How creativity and ingenuity is applied to a brands business structure or it’s logistics for example, is just as important as how it’s applied to the design.”
Research Director, Rights Lab at University of Nottingham UK. The film based on his book Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won the Peabody Award and two Emmys. The Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.” He also co-founded the US NGO Free the Slaves (2000), a group that has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. His latest book, Blood and Earth (2016) explores the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction.
Founder and CEO, Outland Denim (2011), who are making jeans differently and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, he created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Bartle developed a unique business model that enables each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring, while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support and life-enhancing education, and crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace.
President and CEO
President and CEO of Gucci since January 2015. Received the Legion of Honour (2017). Named Business Leader of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018). Held the role of CEO at Mandarina Duck, Marithé et François Girbaud, Stella McCartney, Bottega Veneta and Kering “Couture and Leather Goods” prior to joining Gucci. Under Bizzarri’s leadership, Gucci became a beacon in the luxury industry: from 2015 to 2019 the company increased its revenues from €3.898 to €9.628 billion. Gucci has been fully carbon neutral within its own operations and across the supply chain since 2018 as part of its long-term commitment to sustainability.
Chairman and CEO
Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp. since 2006. Received Women’s Wear Daily’s CEO Creative Leadership Award 2018 and was named Person of the Year 2018 by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). PVH Corp. is an iconic family of brands including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, ARROW, Warner’s and IZOD, and Manny has helped transform PVH to a company that powers brands that drive fashion forward —for good. He has made philanthropy and corporate responsibility key pillars in how PVH conducts business, recognizing the opportunity to positively impact people and the environment against a backdrop of financial growth.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
Founder of the Modefica platform since 2014. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Belas Artes in São Paulo, with courses and extensions in the areas of communication, journalism and anthropology. Also a columnist for ELLE magazine, co-founder of the communication and design agency Futuramoda, organizer of the Buen Vivir Book Club and has been dedicated to the study of political economy and ecofeminism from a Latin American perspective. She gives classes, lectures and has participated in dozens of events to talk about sustainability and has previously worked in various sectors of the fashion industry.
The Modefica platform is one of the main Brazilian independent media approaching sustainability from a pro-intersectional perspective, where fashion is regarded as a powerful activism tool for social and environmental transformation.
“We already know from various studies and researches that after a certain point, money stops bringing happiness. Understanding sufficiency and remembering that prosperity is not tied to accumulation is a way of redesigning our perceptions of profit and remembering that there is no success if there is exploitation and destruction.”
Artist and Designer
Artist, designer, founder of NY based brand EMME. Leading the charge to embrace art and design as one and weaving it into her brand story, EMME is built on the backbone of expression, art and culture. Her colorful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. Emmerich has cultivated a loyal following and successful path as a truly unique contemporary fashion designer and artist with a strong focus in social justice, speaking out about industry responsibility and accountability.
”We live in a capitalistic society that profits off consumers lack of education. “Ignorance” is the true luxury in this industry when the only real trend is greed. We have to keep our ethics, morals and commitments at the forefront of our business: it’s not just marketing and profitability.”
Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion (2019) and a full-time activist and campaigner. As one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, Farrell helps coordinate a mass movement of people using non-violent direct-action methods. The organisation is present in over 70 countries, with the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and reversing biodiversity loss by 2025. Has a background in the UK fashion industry, as well as in fashion, ethics and sustainability education. Devoting her creativity, energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight against climate collapse and the wider environmental crisis.
Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion
Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL, UK. Co-Founder, Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (2018). Her latest work, co-authored with Mathilda Tham, is the Earth Logic Fashion Action Research Plan (2019). Fletcher has written and/or edited nine books translated into seven languages. She is the most cited scholar in fashion and sustainability and her work on post-growth fashion and fashion localism, both defines and challenges the field.
”How to transform the fashion sector? By putting Earth and all its inhabitants first. This is both simple and changes everything.”
SVP and President
SVP and President, Target (2018). Together with his team, Foudy oversees the global sourcing and development of Target’s Owned Brands, developing competitive sourcing strategies and delivering products that are responsibly sourced and of high quality and value, from a brand that can be trusted. This portfolio of owned brands is a key differentiator and one of the things that guests love about the Target experience.
Director of Sustainability
Director of Sustainability, Zalando SE (2019). Together with her team, Heiny is a leading figure in bringing Zalando’s Corporate Sustainability Strategy to life and in deriving actionable measures in becoming a sustainable fashion platform with a net-positive impact. Prior to her position at Zalando, Kate held leading positions within sustainability at Target Corp. and C&A. She also supports the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she was a Director of the Board for 6 years.
CEO, H&M Group since 2020. Has been at H&M Group since 1997. Sustainability and Production serves as key factors to Helmersson, whose vision has always been to be a part of transforming the fashion industry, together with her passion for Leadership and Sustainability.
“Looking back at my years within the company, I am extra proud when I assumed the role as Head of Sustainability and together with my team managed to launch several ground-breaking initiatives, and more importantly we continued the journey of integrating Sustainability into the business.”
South Gobi Cashmere Project Manager
South Gobi Cashmere Project Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society (2019). Jamsranjav is a rangeland ecologist and earned her PhD degree from Colorado State University. She has experience working as a researcher as part of a large, interdisciplinary team, studying the effectiveness of community-based conservation of rangelands to advance understanding of coupled social-ecological systems. Additionally, she has more than ten years of experience working with local communities, focusing on strengthening local people’s capacity to improve community-based resource management.
Launched Laudes Foundation as its first Chief Executive Officer in January 2020. Also serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation (CH), GoodWeave International (US), the European Venture Philanthropy Association (BE), and Fashion for Good BV (NL). Previously headed C&A Foundation as its Executive Director, repositioning it as a global catalyst to make fashion a force for good. With over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors, Johnston leads the development of the foundation’s initial vision, strategy and operating model to deliver on its aspiration for global markets that value all people and respect nature.
“Success should be more than just the bottom line. It should reflect fair wages being paid to the women and men who make the clothes we love. It should reflect sourcing practices that restore and regenerate our natural environment. In other words, success should put values back into value.”
Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO
Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO, NORBLACK NORWHITE (2009) – a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India, exploring the grey space of culture through style, space and stories. Kapadiya has a natural attraction to building community and celebrating art, identity and people of colour. She has developed an intuitive design and visual storytelling style with zero formal training. Kapadiya, along with Co-Founder, Amrit Kumar, have built their platform via self-exploration based on the foundations of integrity, love and respect in embracing the cross-cultural visual language and handmade textiles, while celebrating and re-interpreting culture and tradition.
”Creativity and ingenuity are core to all systemic transformations. Looking at the current industry model with fresh eyes and no attachments is required. This can be done on all levels from re-shaping curriculums in fashion schools to mindful communication in mass marketing campaigns via the shifting of corporate success measures and priorities to a holistic and altruistic approach.”
CEO, Higg Co. (2019). Higg Co. is a technology company that delivers, implements, and supports the Higg Index for the consumer goods industries. Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities to measure and score company and/or product sustainability. Kibbey was the first employee and CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Co-Founder, Creative Director and COO
Co-Founder, Creative Director and COO of NORBLACK NORWHITE (2009) – a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India, exploring the grey space of culture through style, space and stories. Kumar discovered her real passion for textile and fashion, while working in the vintage clothing industry. She is self-taught in the forms of design, visual storytelling and together with her Co-Founder, Mriga Kapadiya, she has steadily been building the NBNW world and community based on the foundations of integrity, love and respect for culture and tradition.
”Creativity and ingenuity is at the heart for any transformation to occur. While it has always helped shape the world of fashion, it is needed now more than ever. We need to start being mindful when creating and finding solutions, to steer us in the right direction.”
President and CTO
President and CTO, TAL Apparel. Leading TAL Apparel on its long-term strategy and continuous innovations in various aspects of the business. The major focuses are digital transformation, disruptive technologies, business model innovations and sustainability. Responsible for the innovative services of TAL such as Vendor Managed Inventory and leading the sustainability journey of TAL for the past 15+ years. Lee is also a board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the chairman of Hong Kong Sustainability Award of HKMA.
Programme Advisor and Leader, Freedom Fund, which focuses on ending exploitation among young women and migrant workers in textile production in Tamil Nadu, India. Palaniyandi has an active role in India Working Group Against Human Trafficking and over 25 years of experience in community development and human rights. Previously, Palaniyandi has worked with Geneva Global, UNICEF and Save the Children. He is also a founding member of the Tamil Nadu Alliance (2017), a network seeking to improve working conditions in the textile sector.
Sustainable Sourcing Specialist
Sustainable Sourcing Specialist, Kering, specialising in sustainable raw material sourcing, biodiversity and agriculture. She is a Stanford-trained PhD sustainability expert, with over 10 years of experience, championing sustainability initiatives within private companies and development institutions. Ole-MoiYoi gained field-level experience, leading rapid-growth agricultural companies in Kenya and Israel. She has also worked as a UN FAO researcher, where she advised governments on ecosystem management across the Bay of Bengal, as well as a US government contractor, where she managed a post-tsunami environmental programme in Sri Lanka.
Founder, HYMNE (2015). Creative director, designer and entrepreneur. Founded his contemporary menswear brand HYMNE as a study on the utility of clothing, both functionally and artistically. Also leading Los Angeles based design firm SVP&S whose clients have included the likes of Nike, Reigning Champ, the NBA, Jordan Brand, Top Dawg Entertainment, 100 Thieves and Universal Music Group among others.
“We have to reapproach what we view as success. Maximising profits is wonderful, but it must not be at the expense of morality in regard to social or environmental impact. Companies with a great bottom line, but who are morally bankrupt should be held accountable and not categorised as ‘successful’.”
CEO, Red Carpet Green Dress (2019). Published author (THE TRIBE TM Empowerment Journal, The Fashion Designer’s Resource Book) and writer (The Guardian, VOGUE, Huffington Post). Pattinson is a British born Ghanaian entrepreneur, working across fashion, media and entertainment. Showcasing sustainable fashion at the Oscars every year, she brings sustainability to the forefront of conversation and action. Working with Louis Vuitton, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and others, the campaign celebrated its 10th year of activism in 2019.
”I think it’s impossible to have a fashion industry without creativity and ingenuity. Both are crucial for any form of development, innovation or recalibration. What we haven’t been doing is using them to redesign systems, processes and mindsets for a global community. We have been using them to benefit a select few. It’s time to redirect our creativity and ingenuity so we can be better, not just look better.”
President of CHANEL SAS and President of CHANEL Fashion since 1990. Graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux with a Business Administration Master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Was an Auditor-Organisation Consultant at Deloitte before joining CHANEL. Also President of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art, President of Eres, Vice-president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Féminine, President of the Advocacy and Public Policy Commission of the Comité Colbert, President of the Institut Français de la Mode’s Foundation, and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. CHANEL is part of the Fashion Pact.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
“CHANEL joined the Fashion Pact given our belief in the power of collective action on climate, biodiversity and ocean health. Given these unprecedented times, our shared responsibility to work as a collective is even greater. And our resolve to realize positive impacts through concrete actions even more evident.”
Co-Founder and Chair
Co-Founder and Chair of IMAGINE since 2019. Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of The B Team and Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. Demonstrated as CEO of Unilever (2009-2019) that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals. IMAGINE mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
“To reach the Sustainable Development Goals we need to work together, within planetary boundaries, creating new opportunities and business models on the way. When ecologically beneficial innovations emerge, it’s vital they are fully supported and shared by all, rapidly scaled rather than languishing as specialist pipe-dreams.”
Fashion Designer and Founder of HERON PRESTON. Creates clothes, but is also a DJ, a Consultant, an Art Director, and a Collaborator. The eponymous label features sport- and workwear-inspired separates and accessories for both women and men. In his role, Preston embodies the modernity of the profession; he has cultivated a distinct community and following, one that is propelled by of-the-moment style and digital savviness, complemented by art, amplified by music and enriched by the synthesis of these cultures.
”I believe being small, smart, and lean can help the industry be better equipped to adapt to change. Producing locally and keeping inventory in flux with demand are also pillars of building a sustainable future.”
Global Creative Director
Global Creative Director, Timberland. Founded eponymous fashion and lifestyle label RÆBURN (2010). Fashion designer Christopher Raeburn is respected worldwide for his responsible design ethos. As creative director for Timberland, Raeburn is instrumental to ensuring a holistic design approach across footwear, apparel and accessories, and elevating Timberland’s longstanding commitment to responsible sourcing – including the vision to be net positive by 2030. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Raeburn was featured in the 2019 Drapers Power 100 list, and his label RÆBURN was named 2020 Brand of the Year (under £30M).
Veteran CNN journalist with 20 years of experience in television news, the majority of which was spent as an Anchor at CNN. Rajpal’s editorial expertise is focused on her blog, The Citrine Room, (2018), which is a collection of original and curated pieces reflecting her passion for news and stories that challenge conventional ways of thinking and being. She is also the Editorial Director of content consultancy creativebyday, where she utilises her decades of storytelling experience to help brands and businesses express their voice and identity most authentically and creatively.
”It all comes down to this: Authenticity, accountability, and integrity. Being authentic is how we connect with each other. When we connect, we have to be accountable for our actions. When we are accountable, we act with integrity. We treat others the way we want to be treated. We treat the planet the way we treat our home. How you define success is how you define your life.”
Chief Customer Officer and President of Supply Chain Solutions
Chief Customer Officer and President, Supply Chain Solutions , Li & Fung (2018). Rana focuses on leveraging Li & Fung’s scale and integrating its diverse services to create a keenly focused customer-centric offering. Additionally, she is responsible for defining strategic goals and driving business growth across Li & Fung as well as championing innovative solutions for Li & Fung’s partners. Rana joined Li & Fung in 2003 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2014, overseeing US$2.2 billion in turnover across nine production countries.
Executive Director, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Under her leadership, the SAC’s 250+ members developed the Higg Index – a suite of tools that measure environmental and social impacts in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Previously, she was the Vice President of Membership at the SAC. Before joining the SAC, Razvi led environmental initiatives on Gap Inc.’s global sustainability team. She holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founder, GANNI (2000). After working as the CEO of GANNI for 10 years alongside his wife Ditte Reffstrup (Creative Director, GANNI), Reffstrup recently stepped down to focus his efforts towards tech and responsibility within the company. In 2017, Reffstrup managed the partnering of GANNI with LVMH-funded global investment firm, L Catterton, supporting GANNI in fully achieving its international potential. Reffstrup is a trusted industry expert and has sat on the board of the Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week. Before joining fashion, Reffstrup was a tech entrepreneur, investing in and cultivating small and mid-sized companies for growth.
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam and internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. Led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Consultant for several governments and business networks as well as advisor for sustainable development issues at international meetings incl. the World Economic Forum, UNSDSN and UNFCCC. Chair of the newly formed Earth Commission. A leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years’ experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and CEO, Zellerfeld Shoe Company Inc. (2019). As a young engineer and start-up founder, Schmitt follows the vision of bringing 3D printed shoes on every foot. In order to reach this ambitious vision, he and his team members at Zellerfeld developed the Monolith, a machine that can print any sneaker style at a push of a button. Since the materials used by the Monolith are fully recyclable, Schmitt’s goal is to offer a solution to designers so that the footwear industry can become more sustainable and democratic.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer at Gap Inc. since 2020. Has held several leadership roles including CEO of Old Navy and Gap Inc.’s EVP of global supply chain operations since joining Gap Inc. in 2004. Previously spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems and six years at Ford Motor Co. Holds a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University. Serves on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Board of Governors.
Representing the Fashion Pact.
Managing Director, Founder and CEO
Managing Director, Denim Expert Ltd (2009). Founder and CEO, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE). Uddin is a visionary entrepreneur who owns a niche, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible compliant garment manufacturing plant in Bangladesh. Uddin is contributing to the development of a sustainable apparel ecosystem and is considered to be a game changer through the introduction of sustainable practices, innovation and fashion disruptions, which he sees as keys to the future of fashion. He is a selfless promoter of responsible business, transparency and circularity in the global apparel industry.
“The problems of which the global apparel industry is suffering are old and known to all. Only creative solutions can wipe out these long-standing problems and make the industry prosper. To transform the fashion industry, creativity and ingenuity are needed in everything from production to policies.”
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Allbirds (2014). Zwillinger has long been passionate about making things from renewable resources, which led him to start Allbirds and begin tackling sustainability in the footwear industry. Prior he spent six years at biotech firm Terravia (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) leading its renewable chemical business and developing and selling high performance algae-based chemicals into various industries, such as CPG, personal care, and industrials. Prior that, Zwillinger worked in advisory and investment roles at Industry Ventures, Deloitte Consulting and Goldman Sachs.
“Companies have to start accounting for environmental impact as they would for profit margins and pay for the pollution that they emit. We cannot afford to compromise any further on sustainability – climate change is the most urgent issue of our generation and the fashion industry has a clear responsibility to drive meaningful progress.”