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Policy engagement

Global Fashion Agenda proactively advocates for policy changes and supportive measures that reinforce sustainability targets and stimulate necessary change. We envision a policy framework where legislative and policy initiatives incentivise and appropriately support the fashion industry to become circular and thus more sustainable.

Our goal is to convene and connect relevant policymakers and fashion industry decision makers in a collaborative effort to dramatically accelerate the fashion industry’s sustainability performance. We aim to reach this goal by raising the awareness of policymakers, ensuring policy developments that support the industry’s sustainability efforts and positioning the evidence in Global Fashion Agenda’s core publications as essential to policy discussions.

CREATING A POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Taking into account the increasing interest at European Union level in circularity in textiles, the focus of Global Fashion Agenda’s policy engagement is currently on circular economy within a European context. Listed in the EU Transparency Register since 2018 we are well placed to capitalise on existing workstreams within circularity and to bring industry perspectives and current practices to the attention of policymakers.

Global Fashion Agenda’s inputs on circular economy will be delivered in the framework of the Policy Hub – Circularity for Apparel and Footwear, created together with Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) to align, develop and jointly push for an effective policy framework for circular economy in the industry. Global Fashion Agenda will also seek alignment with other important initiatives, for example the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, because a coordinated industry effort is essential to drive real change.

HOW WE ENGAGE POLICYMAKERS

We use a variety of formats to engage with policymakers, including policy briefs, position papers, roundtables and commitments.

Global Fashion Agenda develops and publishes policy briefs alongside our key publications, providing policymakers with a clear, concise summary of their conclusions and descriptions of high-level policy options. Jointly with our two other Policy Hub partners, we also co-publish position papers, which outline clear positions and include specific policy recommendations. At least once a year during Copenhagen Fashion Summit we convene various stakeholders at roundtables to discuss specific topics related to our policy work.

Lastly, we develop and engage the industry in commitments on key topics, making it possible for companies to commit to setting targets on a voluntary basis within a given timeframe.

The concrete actions taken to reach targets provide solid evidence and best-practice cases that support our policy work. The current 2020 Commitment for a Circular Fashion System has been signed by 90 brands and retailers, representing 12.5% of the global fashion industry by sales volume.