Top global brands participated in the 10th anniversary of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last week to address the social, environmental, and ethical issues facing the fashion industry’s global supply chain, including climate change, energy efficiency, the circular economy, labour conditions, and overconsumption. The event attracted 1300 guests, and 78 speakers presented on topics from executive leadership to policy and investment strategies.
In partnership with a group of strategic partners, including industry leaders Kering, H&M, Target, BESTSELLER, Li & Fung and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Global Fashion Agenda, organizer of the Summit, spearheads the fashion industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future.
News broke of Stella McCartney’s collaboration with Google: a data analysis tool that will quantify the environmental impact of cotton and viscose, two of the most commonly-used materials in the industry.
Apart from the sharing and pre-loved market, technology seems to play a major role in moving fashion towards a more sustainable future, for it presents new design ideas and materials such as Algalife, a natural fibre made from algae; Resortecs, a new type of thread that dissolves at a high temperature (making it easier to take garments apart and recycle them); and Nature Coatings, a black dye made from wood waste (a natural alternative to traditional, petroleum-based black pigments).
Below are our top thought-provoking quotes and takeaways from the summit:
“There is no choice here, our planet is on fire,” Dr Martin Frick, The UNFCCC
“We have to be audacious, we have less than 10 years to bend the curve of the climate crisis,” Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer and head of International Institutional Affairs
“When we held the first Summit 10 years ago, few industry leaders recognised the importance of changing the way our industry produces, markets and consumes fashion. Fortunately, its significance is widely recognised today, and sustainability has finally found its way onto the agendas of CEOs. Not only that, more and more companies are beginning to integrate it into their business models,” Eva Kruse, CEO and president of the Global Fashion Agenda.
“We need to stop looking at the environment in silos, we need to bring it all together and the fashion industry is the best example of this,” Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition
“Despite what we’re doing, things are not moving. I could understand it if we were the only company working towards this, but we aren’t. It’s amazing what some of the biggest companies are doing. But the results don’t work. We really need to define targets together…. I’m [confident] we will reach a level that none of us individually could reach by working alone,” François-Henri Pinault, Kering chair and CEO
“Sustainability is putting the interest of our children beyond our own greed,” Paul Polman, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce and The B Team