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Industry proposes recovery measures to the European authorities

Key apparel and footwear organisations come together to present a new proposal for a Green Recovery Plan for Europe. The Policy Hub, a joint effort of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry and Global Fashion Agenda, recently published a proposal that outlines seven key principles necessary for a green recovery for the entire industry. The proposal was developed in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and can be downloaded here.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the global economy. The apparel, textile and footwear industry is no exception. This crisis coincides with sustainability programs and commitments have increasingly becoming the industry norm and steps towards achieving a circular economy and carbon neutrality are taken,” said Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Chair of the Policy Hub. “Shifting the economy to a more circular one requires all hands on deck and is a collaborative effort by citizens, industry and policymakers who can build upon both existing commitments and new initiatives together.”


“Shifting the economy to a more circular one requires all hands on deck and is a collaborative effort by citizens, industry and policymakers who can build upon both existing commitments and new initiatives together.”

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Chair of the Policy Hub


The proposal highlights seven key principles that follow the European Commission’s recently issued recovery plan. The Policy Hub suggests that EU authorities and Member States consider these key principles and implement some measures in the short-term (next 12 months) and the rest in the medium to long-term (within 5 years). 

“Since 2017 GFA has worked with 12,5% of the global industry to accelerate circularity through the 2020 CircularFashion System Commitment. Guided by ambitious target-setting, the industry has taken important steps towards achieving circularity. However, more companies are needed for this initiative to realise its goal—and the companies already committed must enhance their efforts. Policymakers have an important role to play and can take their cue by aligning with the seven key principles outlined in the proposal,” say Jonas Eder-Hansen, Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda.


“…The industry has taken important steps towards achieving circularity. However, more companies are needed for this initiative to realise its goal. ”

Jonas Eder-Hansen, Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda


The Policy Hub’s proposal, which can be viewed here, is based on inputs and discussions with the partners of the Policy Hub and their members—representative of more than 300 brands, retailers, manufacturers and other stakeholders. Key stakeholders assisted with the development of the proposal with additional inputs and reviews.

Read more about the Green Recovery Plan on Policy Hub here.

Download the Green Recovery Plan here.