Global Fashion Agenda further strengthens its Associate Partner group by welcoming three new companies: TAL Apparel, VF Corporation and Zalando, who will contribute with insights from various parts of the supply chain.
Joining current Associate Partners – Allbirds, Crystal International, ERDOS Group, Everlane, G-Star RAW, GANNI, Outland Denim and Selfridges Group – TAL Apparel, VF Corporation and Zalando will provide feedback and input on Global Fashion Agenda’s mission to drive widespread change in the fashion industry. These handpicked companies are dedicated to improving their sustainability performance, and provide a secondary sounding board to Global Fashion Agenda’s Strategic Partners.
“Global Fashion Agenda is driven by a collaborative and solutions-driven approach to identify the major challenges facing our planet and industry, as well as the opportunities and innovations that can transform the fashion business. As the new Associate Partners; TAL Apparel, VF Corporation and Zalando will further diversify the representation of companies joining our movement and will share their findings and challenges. We are absolutely thrilled to work with them and be able to draw on their knowledge as industry insiders,” said Eva Kruse, CEO of Global Fashion Agenda.
Manufacturer TAL Apparel
TAL Apparel is a pioneering garment manufacturer that has created supply chain solutions tailored to the exact needs of retailers and brands for more than 70 years and has 10 factories in five countries with a total of over 25,000 employees. Sustainability has always been a key pillar at TAL. They have been implementing GHG Emission Intensity and Water Footprint Reduction programmes since 2010.
“For the tremendous task ahead of us of creating a sustainable fashion industry, we believe in open dialogue, alignment and coordination along the whole supply chain. Global Fashion Agenda provides a wide-reaching platform that reaches the senior management of organizations in the supply chain. Alone we go faster, together we go further,” said Dr. Delman Lee, President & Chief Technology Officer at TAL Apparel.
Apparel, footwear and accessories company VF Corporation
Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a range of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. The company’s purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet.
“We’re facing some extremely complicated challenges and big uncertainties but at the same time need bold and urgent action. We believe there’s a need for strategic partnership and collaboration to facilitate comprehensive, systemic change at scale. Global Fashion Agenda is an enabler of change and has been pushing the industry to work together through a common agenda and coordinated action,” said Anna Maria Rugarli, Sustainability & Responsibility Senior Director, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at VF Corporation.
Online fashion platform Zalando
Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle. Founded in Berlin in 2008, the company brings head-to-toe fashion to more than 29 million active customers in 17 markets, offering clothing, footwear, accessories and beauty. As Europe’s most fashionable tech company, Zalando works hard to find digital solutions for every aspect of the fashion journey.
“Zalando’s sustainability vision is to be a sustainable fashion platform with a net-positive impact for people and the planet. This means constantly improving our own business and making it easy for customers to spot and shop more sustainable fashion. We collaborate with strong partners to face the fundamental sustainability issues of our industry and shape a more sustainable future for fashion. That’s why we’re excited to have Global Fashion Agenda by our side as a key partner and believe that we can make a difference together,” said David Schneider, Co-CEO at Zalando.