Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have partnered to launch the Fashion Industry Target Consultation – seeking public input on cohesive and measurable fashion industry impact targets at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The Fashion Industry Target Consultation will aim to identify and converge existing industry-aligned targets, according to the five priorities of the Fashion CEO Agenda: respectful and secure work environments, better wage systems, resource stewardship, smart material choices, and circular systems.
Moreover, the Consultation will seek to formulate new targets where they are not currently covered – such as criteria for purchasing practices and circular design – to establish a route towards a net-positive fashion industry, according to a press release by the UNEP.
The new Consultation will be a multi-stakeholder project led by GFA – a non-profit organization that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to accelerate impact – and UNEP, who will be drawing on the expertise of the broader network of the United Nations throughout the process.
Together, GFA and UNEP are inviting stakeholders and partners from across the global value chain including brands, retailers, NGOs, manufacturers, data providers, innovators, intergovernmental organizations, policy makers, and more to share their insights on the performance indicators and milestones that the industry must strive to meet, and importantly to gauge what tools and support are needed by these actors to take action.
If the fashion industry continues its current trajectory, it will fall short of the decarbonization targets required to conform with the UNFCCC’s 1.5-degree pathway by 50%.
The fashion value chain also has a significant impact on ecosystems through land use, resource use, and through pollution.
Through the consultation, the organizations intend to provide clarity and drive accountability by concluding a range of consistent, measurable, monitored, and complete goals.