2017: What’s new?

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.


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. Read more about it here.



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.

1. Circular Design

2. Technology Innovations

3. Customer Engagement

4. Supply Chain Transparency

Read more about the breakout sessions here.


The lunch break will be a facilitated networking session allowing participants and speakers to network and discuss. Based on information the participants provide, they will be personally invited by a high-profile host to participate in a group lunch session with like-minded people to discuss topics that are relevant to them and their business while enjoying their lunch.

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. 


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.



8:00 am

Registration and light breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome address by Brian Mikkelsen

Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs

William McDonough

Chief executive, McDonough Innovation

“Taking the Pulse of the Fashion Industry”

presented by Javier Seara, partner and managing director, The Boston Consulting Group Caroline Chalmer, chief operating officer, Global Fashion Agenda

Where does the fashion industry stand today in terms of sustainability efforts, and what is the business case for specific actions for such ends? This session presents the main findings of the first annual Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, a groundbreaking study developed by Global Fashion Agenda, together with the Boston Consulting Group as a knowledge partner. The Pulse report aims to offer a common baseline of ideas about sustainability that we believe will enable and empower the fashion industry to act on sustainability, making critical findings about efficacy of different models available to board-room decision-makers and others influencing business strategy. Exposing where we stand on the critical environmental and social challenges facing fashion, the presentation will outline the Pulse report’s top priorities for decision-makers to capture the €160 billion opportunity from sustainability in fashion, building on a wealth of data, including case studies and best practices from industry leaders, economic impact figures by brands and manufacturers, and much more.

Read more about Javier Seara here.

“Shifting to a circular system”

Ellen MacArthur, founder, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Wendy Schmidt, president, The Schmidt Family Foundation moderated by Lewis Perkins, president, Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute

Since the first Industrial Revolution the textile industry’s linear business model (take, make, waste) has eroded natural capital in pursuit of economic capital. The fashion industry has the opportunity, and arguably an obligation, to lead the transition to a new circular system that restores and regenerates materials – moving from doing less harm to doing more good. This new system offers new opportunities for innovative design, increased customer engagement and the capturing of economic value. This panel debate will explore new opportunities ahead and partnerships for creating a circular system for apparel and other fashion goods –moving from the present linear value chain into the full potential of safe materials, intelligently cycled with positive impact on people and planet, while generating greater value for all stakeholders.

“Call to action for a circular fashion system”

Eva Kruse, CEO & president, Global Fashion Agenda and Jonas Eder-Hansen, chief content officer, Global Fashion Agenda

“Investing in sustainable growth”

Martijn Hagman, CFO, Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe Miroslava Duma, founder and CEO, Fashion Tech Labs Venture Inc. David Roberts, serial entrepreneur and thought leader, Singularity University moderated by Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, senior vice president, BSR

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, sustainability factors represent risks as well as opportunities for the fashion industry. A broad range of new technological advancements is developing in fields like recycling, waste minimisation and fabric innovation, but it can be difficult to navigate which of these hold the most promise, not just for the environment, but for profitability. Fashion companies and external investors need to consider carefully which sustainable business practices to prioritise as they become more critical to innovation and the creation of long-term stakeholder value. Further, fashion companies and investors must consider which startups to invest capital in for the technical and business solutions to environmental and societal challenges. But where in the fashion value chain do we see the best opportunities for return on investment, and will investments in sustainability potentially conflict with the fiduciary duty to maximise returns?

“Sustainability and strategy”

Mark Langer, CEO, Hugo Boss in conversation with Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief, Monocle

HUGO BOSS has recently launched a new corporate strategy focussed on profitable growth. This conversation between HUGO BOSS CEO Mark Langer and Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine, will explore what role sustainability plays in reaching HUGO BOSS’s strategic goals, and what new initiatives are being planned and implemented in order to succeed in reaching those goals for the forward-looking German fashion label.

11:15 am


11:45 am

"Learning through academia"

Dilys Williams, director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts

Youth Fashion Summit

“Innovation with the next generation”

Eileen Fisher, founder, Eileen Fisher, Inc. and Teslin Doud, social innovator in conversation with Julie Gilhart, creative business consultant

This conversation between American designer Eileen Fisher, social innovator Teslin Doud and veteran retail consultant Julie Gilhart will explore how to rethink and redefine the fashion system, from design to manufacturing to retail, and how inspiration from the next generation of designers can help question some of the established ways of working within fashion to go beyond business as usual. It is not just new technologies that have the potential to change fashion, but innovations in business models and consumer outreach. Some of the best minds in the business will offer keen insights as to how.

“Of dirt and fine jewellery”

Michael J. Kowalski, chairman of the board and interim CEO, Tiffany & Co. in conversation with Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times

This conversation, between Tiffany & Co. chairman/interim CEO Michael Kowalski and fashion editor Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times, will explore Kowalski’s ideas for responsible mining, his background in environmentalism, why it took luxury so long to become public about its actions, consumer reactions — and what the Trump presidency means to all of this. Expect a wide-ranging conversation that puts fashion into relevant economic and political contexts.

“Constructive fashion advocacy – the next frontier”

Livia Firth, founder and creative director, Eco-Age Cameron Russell, model and activist Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation Denmark Jessica Simor, lawyer, European Court of Human Rights moderated by Lucy Siegle, journalist

This panel brings together key representatives of significant streams of new fashion advocacy who have, until now, been part of the sustainable fashion usual suspects, including fashion industry CSR professionals, ethical fashion enthusiasts and concerned consumers. Panel participants acknowledge that for the first time in history, we have defined internationally agreed-upon goals and standards for activating sustainable development through human industry — the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This panel debate will unveil and discuss an initial report that shows how the legality of the living wage has been established as a fundamental human right.

1:00 pm


2:50 pm


Annie Gullingsrud, director, Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Cecilia Takayama, director, Materials Innovation Lab, Kering Chris Grantham, circular economy portfolio director, IDEO Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten, environmental sustainability, H&M DISCUSSION LEADER: Joe Iles, editor-in-chief, Circulate

This the most exhilarating era to be a designer. Transitioning to the circular economy is one of the biggest creative challenges of our times, and design thinking is a great innovation tool for tackling complex systemic challenges. It offers a creative confidence-building approach, generates momentum through prototyping and feedback loops, and strengthens insight around what works. The shift towards circular design is already in motion and innovators in other industries have shown that radical new designs are possible. How can circular design be of value in the fashion industry, how can the creatives get started and what are the current material opportunities?

2:50 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION: Technology Innovations

Marco Lucietti, global marketing director, ISKO™ Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO, Aquafil Group Leonard D. Lane, managing director, Fung Academy, Fung Group Christoph Hahn, managing director, I:CO Amit Gautam, executive vice president, global business management textiles, Lenzing DISCUSSION LEADER: Dio Kurazawa, denim director, WGSN

Innovations in technology have an immense impact on nearly all aspects of our life and have changed our ways of manufacturing from scratch. The automation of production continues and provides us with ways to reduce pressing issues around working conditions and environmental problems. But if we reach the point where robots replace workers in factories, we are simultaneously faced with the challenge of jobs being lost on a massive scale, consequently depriving workers of their livelihoods. This session is dedicated to exploring promising technologies that have the power to change the industry, from 3D printing to robotics in cut and sewing factories, but from a critical perspective that takes into account societal consequences of such progress. Brand representatives, solution providers and technology experts will discuss the various possibilities of these technological innovations as well as their intrinsic challenges.

2:50 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION: Customer Engagement

Daniella Vega, director of sustainability, Selfridges Kirsten Brodde, campaign leader, Greenpeace Vanessa Belleau, head of consultancy EMEA, WGSN MINDSET Shaway Yeh, editorial director, Modern Weekly Elin Larsson, sustainability director, Filippa K DISCUSSION LEADER: Lucy Shea, CEO, Futerra

Even though change and commitments must be made on behalf of the industry, consumers play a crucial role in pushing sustainability forwards. They are in the powerful position of being able to create demand and support brands that make efforts in that area. They have the power to push sales and decide which products will sell and which ones will remain shelf warmers. Consequently, companies need to know their customers and how they can reach them on sustainability matters. It is not a simple task for consumers to navigate the jungle of fashion labels with varying production practices, certifications and jumbled information about a product’s origins — and thus not easy for companies to easily communicate how they stand out in terms of sustainability. This session collects knowledge from very different standpoints and will discuss different ways and strategies for the fashion industry to be more sustainable and to communicate this to their customers in engaging formats.

2:50 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION: Supply Chain Transparency

Paul van Zyl, CEO, Maiyet François Zimeray, Ambassador of France to Denmark Lola Young, Baroness and independent member, House of Lords Simon Platts, director of sourcing, ASOS.com Arnaud Soirat, chief executive, Copper & Diamonds, Rio Tinto DISCUSSION LEADER: Simone Cipriani, founder and manager, the Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Centre

To what extent is it the responsibility of companies, brands and retailers to have a transparent supply chain and open up about where they source from? This session will discuss the hot topic of transparency in the supply chain, including issues surrounding supplier list publication, human rights and modern slavery. Supply chain transparency, which is the focus of public awareness and often the media, may be one of the biggest challenges the fashion industry is currently facing. Who is responsible for providing the necessary information, and how can fashion labels work together with NGOs and governments to create transparency standards that are fair to all and create a common language?

3:55 pm


4:25 pm


4:35 pm

“Fashion for a cause”

Prabal Gurung, designer, Prabal Gurung Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, creative directors, Public School John Moore, co-founder and creative director, Outerknown moderated by Simon Collins, founder and CEO, Fashion Culture Design Series

Designers and fashion houses have taken to the runway to voice their opinions on the current political climate, using their designs as tools of expression to make statements, celebrate their values and pose questions about the future of our world. Such political or societal commentary is not, however, always met with applause all around: some statements can be seen as mere marketing ploys, while others may even be taken as counter-productive to a worthy cause due to the image of fashion houses as purveyors of luxury for the wealthy. So how do you effectively put a message out and what kind of message is the right match for a label and its company’s DNA? This panel debate will explore fashion’s role in current culture and politics, with panellists sharing their unique experiences and discussing the importance of taking a stance and challenging the meaning of fashion in our society.

“Global Fashion Agenda: a call for industry-wide collaboration”

Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer, Kering Jason Kibbey, CEO, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Anna Gedda, head of sustainability, H&M Kelly Caruso, president, Target Global Sourcing Rick Darling, executive director of Government & Trade Relations, Li & Fung Trading moderated by Thomas Tochtermann, chairman, Global Fashion Agenda

The fashion industry is fraught with many well-meaning, often individually effective but fragmented and small-scale sustainability initiatives. Meanwhile, the sustainability issues facing our industry are too large for any one firm to tackle individually. What the fashion industry needs now is collaborative action taking and a joint focus on the most critical sustainability issues. In response to this need, Global Fashion Agenda has been created to lead the way on setting the sustainability agenda for the industry and bring this much needed focus, but also to spearhead a movement to clear the path towards identification and implementation of the most promising solutions. This panel debate will explore the motivations of Global Fashion Agenda’s founding partners in joining such a collaborative leadership movement, and their vision for a more sustainable way of doing business in fashion, for a world beyond next season.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

5:55 pm

Closing remarks by Eva Kruse

CEO & president, Global Fashion Agenda

Four paths to sustainability at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017

A short guide to the programme

As is reflected in the breadth of perspectives offered at Copenhagen Fashion Summit, sustainability in fashion can be approached from any number of angles and agendas. The information and views that circulate — from data on recycling and waste reduction to arguments on transparency and consumer responsibility — can be a jungle to navigate. Moreover, professionals in certain areas and positions may want to focus on a given concept or direction, while others may want to pursue a broad overview of developments pertaining to sustainability in the industry.

That is why the 2017 Summit addresses four specific paths to sustainability: the macro perspective, circular design, supply chain transparency and sustainable consumption. All four paths pertain to topics that are of particular opportunity, as uncovered in the inaugural  Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, jointly researched and produced by Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting Group.

The macro perspective

What is sustainability, and what should I be worried about as a fashion industry decision-maker? Is sustainability a values game, or just purely good for business? How should I be prioritising investments in sustainability for the future?

These are just some of the questions tackled in this area, where a macro perspective is taken on sustainability in fashion to explore how to think about and address sustainability in fashion, while also exploring the enablers of a sustainable industry, from organisational shifts to technological innovation.


Taking the Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Welcome address by Brian Mikkelsen

William McDonough

Sustainability and strategy

Global Fashion Agenda: a call for industry-wide collaboration

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary

Closing remarks by Eva Kruse

Breakout Session:

Technology Innovations


Solutions Lab:

CO: Common Objective


Circular design

Sustainability starts and ends with design that takes the entire life cycle of clothing into consideration. A garment that has been designed for durable wear, easy decomposition and that uses sustainable materials has far less negative environmental impact than one created based on the sole imperative of low cost.

The circular design path shines light on how to integrate sustainability into the design process and on available circular design solutions, particularly on the choice of sustainable materials and the recycling of fibres.


Shifting to a circular system

Innovation with the next generation

Breakout Session:

Circular Design 

Hosted Sessions:

Intuition + Integrity on the Way to Circular Design

The European Clothing Action Plan: tailoring the circular economy to suit the fashion industry

Solutions Lab:

Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle

Refibra™ by Lenzing

Lectra – Product development that fits

Supply chain transparency

In the manufacturing and processing stages of the fashion value chain, garment workers often face abhorrent labour, health and safety conditions. Currently, 14 million of these workers live below what is considered a living wage in places frequently riddled with toxic chemicals that are later released into the environment, particularly as wastewater.

While faced with this reality, many brands lack awareness about their supply chains and do not have enough control over them to bring about change. This path highlights the top issues that must be addressed in the pursuit of supply chain transparency.


Investing in sustainable growth

Youth Fashion Summit

Of dirt and fine jewellery

Constructive fashion advocacy – the next frontier


Breakout Session:

Supply Chain Transparency


Hosted Sessions:

How to scale innovations for good fashion

Technology for sustainability: transparency, visibility and trust

Should companies stand for more than just profit?

Solutions Lab:


Martine Jarlgaard & Provenance

Hirdaramani Knit


Sustainable consumption

Waste disposal is one of the largest challenges the fashion industry faces. How can we justify continuing to churn out billions of new items of clothing every year when the majority of it ends up in a landfill or is incinerated?

The sustainable consumption path explores not only how to engage with consumers so they utilise products more sustainably, but also how to reduce the immense amount of waste that the current business model of fashion produces.


Fashion for a cause

Call to action for a circular fashion system


Breakout Session:

Customer engagement


Hosted Sessions:

Driving transparency and building trust

Future consumer priorities: product, purpose and peace

Solutions Lab:


Dutch Awearness

About Copenhagen Fashion Summit

The fifth edition of the world’s most important event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, will take place on 11 May 2017 at Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

As a meeting platform for the fashion sector’s decision-makers, leading NGOs, experts, policy-makers and academia, the Summit aims to create a common understanding and gain industry-wide commitment on the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.

Leaders from the fashion sector, NGOs, policy and academia are gathered to partake in the important discussion on how the fashion industry can contribute to a world beyond the next season.

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.

Solutions Lab

Sustainability Innovations within fashion

This year, the first Solutions Lab takes place, an exhibition space that presents some of the latest innovations addressing the fashion industry’s most pressing issues of sustainability. Throughout the Summit, participants can visit ten different exhibition booths that put the spotlight on a various projects, smart tools and innovations. The hope is to inspire the fashion industry to adopt new practices in their supply chains and to restart fashion with bold, new ideas like the ones presented by our collaborators in Solutions Lab.

Dutch Awearness

The aim of Dutch Awearness is to support European corporate wear and workwear companies in the transition towards a circular economy. This involves the validation of circular fabrics and products and new business models, such as new product-service systems, the take-back recycle system and the management tool CCMS. Since the aims of Dutch Awearness are to secure materials for the future, decrease pollution and to build bridges between research and practical relevance, they want to collaborate closely with industry partners. At Solutions Lab, Dutch Awearness will present its circular textile solutions created in collaboration with various partners, including fully recyclable workwear and circular composites — products made from post-consumer textile waste and used plastics.

Lectra – Product development that fits

Lectra’s solutions centre on 3D technologies and cover the entire product-development process, from pattern making to grading and virtual prototyping. The ability to work with flat patterns and 3D simulations enhances collaboration between developers and designers, while informing early decision-making. By reducing the number of physical samples by as much as 70%, Lectra 3D technology also cuts down on costs and can shave weeks off time-to-market. With over 40 years’ experience in fashion, Lectra’s mission is to provide a complete spectrum of design, development and production solutions to confront 21st-century challenges. Their professional services address an end-to-end process. From fast fashion to luxury, Lectra’s 23,000 customers represent every development and sourcing model imaginable.

Refibra™ by Lenzing

Lenzing achieved a milestone in the textile industry by developing a new fibre based on cotton scraps and wood. Refibra™ — whose slogan is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — is the first cellulose fibre featuring recycled material on a commercial scale and is an important part of a push for new solutions in the textile industry towards the goal of a circular economy. At Lenzing, developing circular business models in the fashion industry ensures the decoupling of business growth from pressure on ecological resource consumption. It reduces the need to extract additional virgin resources from nature, lessening the net impact on ecological resources.

Martine Jarlgaard & Provenance

Designer Martine Jarlgaard, software company Provenance, Fashion Innovation Agency and A Transparent Company are collaborating for the world’s first showcase of fashion supply chain transparency using blockchain technology,  a secure, distributed database. This project will track the production of garments made from sustainable British Alpaca fleece, from the animals themselves, to the spinning and through to final realisation in the sampling studio. Provenance’s blockchain model enables publicly accessible, decentralised, secure information storage and has the potential to become the social media of product origin and storytelling, built on robust data. By assigning each garment a unique digital token, Provenance verifies every step of the production.

CO: Common Objective

Great business is built on connecting with the right people, at the right time, from suppliers to buyers, advisors to peers. That is the philosophy of CO, an intelligent business network that matches people and companies with a common objective to work towards. The mission is to create a level playing field in which sustainability becomes an opportunity. The platform rewards more sustainable practices with higher search rankings, creating a commercial incentive for integrating best practices, building on ten years of work by the Ethical Fashion Forum, and a network in 141 countries. At the Summit, CO launches pre-registration for this year’s site.

Future Fabrics Expo by The Sustainable Angle

The Sustainable Angle is a not-for-profit organisation that connects producers of sustainable materials with partners in the fashion industry. Since 2011 thousands of people have visited The Sustainable Angle’s showcase, Future Fabrics Expo, which exhibits over 2,000 materials from over 80 suppliers, embodying a range of sustainable principles and new technologies sourced from international suppliers and mills demonstrating a commitment to lowering the environmental impact across the textile supply chain. 


By creating high-end textiles from zero-value, pre-consumer waste sources, Trash-2-Cash will turn textile and paper fibres into new materials for luxury products through an international collaboration of design, strategy and technology research. Designers will lead this regeneration-of-waste initiative, define the material properties and collaborate with material scientists to evaluate newly developed  processes and techniques. Novel materials will be constructed to generate new textile fibres and other products compatible with a sustainable future. Future exploitation will be developed through an exchange between designers and end-product manufacturers, taking into account consumer-related product needs. The project aims to support better waste utilisation, improve material efficiency, contribute to the reduction of landfill areas and decrease energy consumption in the textile manufacturing and design sectors.

Hirdaramani Knit

Hirdaramani’s first green factory, Hirdaramani Knit, opened in Agalawatte, Sri Lanka in 2009. A LEED Gold Certified Facility, it holds the distinction of being the first custom-built green apparel factory in the world and is also Asia's first CarbonNeutral® apparel factory. Hirdaramani Knit focuses on conservation of energy and water, waste management and biodiversity enhancement. It has eliminated landfill waste and compared to conventional factories, it has achieved a 50% reduction in energy consumption and a 60% reduction in water consumption. The unique technologies it incorporates include an evaporative cooling system, a prismatic skylight system and a solar power system that provides up to 8% of the factory’s power needs while exporting power to the national grid.


Innovative biofabicrations company PILI is focused on using microorganisms to produce efficient dyes as a replacement for petrochemical and vegetal ones. They have developed a proprietary technology based on fermentation of micro-organisms to produce dyes that are friendly to the environment. Instead of petroleum as a raw material, PILI uses renewable carbon sources like sugar to produce natural colours. Contrary to vegetal cultures, the fermentation process requires a low surface and only a few days to produce tons of dyes on a large scale. PILI’s ambition is to replace dye petrochemistry with efficient, competitive and renewable bio-dyes.


Dragon uses oxidation for post-treatment wastewaters. Its technology is based on flow-through photocatalytic reactors, allowing inexpensive installation at the outlet from the factory. The defining features include a filter-free purification system that leaves zero waste and substitutes the use of harmful chemicals.

Hosted Lunch Sessions – Facilitated Networking

Would you like to explore a crucial theme pertaining to fashion and sustainability while having lunch and meeting other Summit participants with interests similar to yours? Copenhagen Fashion Summit offers eight different lunch sessions, each hosted by a professional with keen insight into an important matter within the overall scope of the theme.

Intuition + Integrity on the Way to Circular Design

Hosted by Eileen Fisher, founder, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

This session explores key questions on how to foster creativity while aiming for sustainable solutions, based on the business model of Eileen Fisher, Inc., which involves working through an organic process on the way to circular design. With founder Eileen Fisher at the helm, the company is reusing quality materials and embracing the integrity of timeless design. Central questions explored in the session include how to ensure predictability in an unpredictable business environment, how to foster creativity while confronting lofty issues and how to stay profitable while nourishing people and the planet.

Technology for sustainability: transparency, visibility and trust

Hosted by Pamela Mar, sustainability director, Fung Academy

How can technology create transparency and trust along the supply chain? What are the barriers to transparency and how can they be managed? And how should responsible businesses manage the impact of technology adoption on jobs in factories? These are some of the important questions explored in this tech-focussed lunch session, hosted by Pamela Mar, sustainability director of the Fung Academy of the Fung Group. The context of these questions is an industry facing increased pressure on supply chains, both due to rising costs and higher expectations concerning sustainable practices. The session also explores how to deal with these development simultaneously with technological progress.

How to scale innovations for good fashion

Hosted by Leslie Johnston, executive director, C&A Foundation

To put good back into fashion, supply chain actors must change the way they run their businesses. Innovations like waterless dyeing and new leasing models already exist but are not being produced at scale. This session explores why transformative innovations are not being embedded in the industry and discusses what needs to be in place to change this: What is causing this (cost? lack of demand? unavailability?), what are the exceptions that show how innovations can be successfully scaled, and how can we go about implementing more new ideas across the fashion industry?

The European Clothing Action Plan: tailoring the circular economy to suit the fashion industry

Hosted by Tobias Noe Harboe, project manager, European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) and Christina Raab, principal consultant and head of strategy, MADE-BY

The ECAP project, which is funded by EU Life, addresses the environmental costs of clothing while also seeking to generate value for businesses through collaboration and knowledge sharing. During this session two of the project partners, Danish Fashion Institute — the organisation from which Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Global Fashion Agenda spring — and MADE-BY, will discuss their work. This includes their innovative design platform and the tangible benefits of selecting more sustainable fibre alternatives.

Driving transparency and building trust

Hosted by Diana Verde Nieto, co-founder and CEO, Positive Luxury and Daniella Vega, director of sustainability, Selfridges

The role of business in society is changing. As legislators, customers and employees expect businesses to contribute to society beyond profit, good business is in turn shifting to become more purpose driven. The focus on sustainability has broadened beyond the supply chain and is becoming an integral part of the wider business culture. This session endeavours to uncover how this transition can help to build trusted and resilient brands through greater transparency. Significant questions include whether brands are prepared for the greater demand for transparency, whether sustainability can become a true driver for purchasing decisions, and what luxury and sustainability are perceived to have in common.

Future consumer priorities: product, purpose and peace

Hosted by Vanessa Belleau, head of consultancy EMEA, WGSN MINDSET 

How consumers place their priorities has a huge impact on the future market landscape. By predicting the market, WGSN will look at three key components affecting consumer priorities: product, purpose and peace. Product is no longer just about selling, but about experiences; purpose has to do with radical honesty; and peace refers to the consumer quest to connect with themselves and their surroundings on a deeper level. This session asks how consumer mind-sets will change from now until the end of 2019, and how businesses can adapt to and engage with new consumer mind-sets.

Should companies stand for more than just profit?

Hosted by Simon Collins, founder and CEO, Fashion Culture Design Series

Addressing fundamental questions and taking a stand on things like marriage equality, climate change and immigrant rights has become a greater part of companies’ corporate values. Companies that remain silent on topical issues or that take what is seen as an immoral or overly political stance may face serious consumer backlash. This session explores the price companies pay when they remain silent in vital debates and what companies can, in return, do to support their customers in these matters. Essential questions include whether silence means complicity, understanding the values and key issues of a brand's consumers, and how to build upon existing initiatives to craft a powerful brand story.