A new month-long virtual educational initiative by Conscious Fashion Campaign to accelerate fashion industry action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals launches today. The campaign, founded by social entrepreneur Kerry Bannigan in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, aims to advance sustainability action in the fashion industry with its virtual event and exhibit “Discover the Sustainable Development Goals – To Power the Decade of Action” which runs from December 1 until December 30.
Featuring industry leaders and designers, United Nations officials and advocates such as Kering, Allbirds, Lenzing, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue Business, and the British Fashion Council, the online experience and on-demand fashion discussions aims to advance knowledge and strengthen engagement and commitment from the global fashion industry to further support the Decade of Action to deliver the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“This is a critical time to accelerate partnerships to address the world’s biggest challenges – from eliminating poverty, hunger and inequalities to reversing climate change and unsustainable consumption and production practices,” said Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships. “The fashion industry is an important ally for the United Nations in this Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030.”
Discover the SDGs virtual event explores the intersection of the SDGs and fashion business and involve some high-profile moderators and speakers including fashion designers such as Gabriela Hearst and Maria Cornejo; Vice Media Group’s Senior Vice President Impact; Sustainability Editor of Vogue Global Network Emily Chan; BBC’s Business Reporter Jill Martin Wrenn, and Fiona Sinclair Scott CNN Style’s Global Editor.
Sessions cover a broad range of sustainability topics and are as follows:
- Transforming the Fashion Industry for the Decade of Action
- Example to Follow – Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
- Sustainability by Design: Rethinking New York Fashion Week
- Gender Equity – The New Era of Fashion
- Fashion Meets Applied Sustainability and Digitisation
- Cultivating Environmental and Economic Sustainability
- Innovative by Nature
- Collaboration to Drive Positive Change
- The Future of Work is Now – Views from the Fashion Industry
- Building a Better Future for All
- Conscious Fashion Powering the Decade of Action
Director of Global Business Development at Lenzing, a responsible producer of wood-based cellulosic fiber such as TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal, Tricia Carey explains the importance of sustainability within the fashion industry; “As we close out a tumultuous 2020, we have optimism for a new year with a path to recover better together.
“Discover the SDG’s by the Conscious Fashion Campaign provides the fashion industry with the tools to make educated choices with regards to both the environment and society.”
Members and partners of the Conscious Fashion Campaign collectively represent over $4.7 billion revenue across 40 countries and have a combined total of 14,700 employees. Any positive decisions made by collaborators and participants have a cumulative and far-reaching positive impact.
To learn more about the Discover the SDGs free event visit www.discoverthesdgs.com.
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Cover image (l-r) of designer Gabriela Hearst, Annemarie Hou, Executive Director for United Nations Office for Partnerships, and Anyango Mpinga founder of Free As A Human Foundation. All images supplied.