The Conscious Fashion Campaign spent 2019 at events like Coterie, Pure London, Magic and Kingpins, working to introduce the fashion industry to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As of roughly this time last year, it said it had introduced the SDGs to more than 96,000 retailers and buyers representing 87 countries.
This December, the initiative is launching a month-long virtual educational experience of its own with the U.N. Office for Partnerships. Lasting from Dec. 1 to Dec. 30, “Discover the Sustainable Development Goals – To Power the Decade of Action” aims to advance knowledge and strengthen engagement from the global fashion industry.
“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,” Annemarie Hou, acting executive director of the U.N. Office for Partnerships, said. “The fashion industry is an important ally for the United Nations in this Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030.”
The online exhibit will feature a wide range of SDG informational tools along with fashion sector-focused, on-demand discussions with industry leaders, U.N. officials and advocates. Participants will include Kering, Lenzing, PVH, Vogue Business, Council of Fashion Designers of America, the British Fashion Council, Messe Frankfurt, Collina Strada and the Swarovski Foundation.
Powered by Arch and Hook, Artistic Milliners and Lenzing, and supported by Interwoven, ITL Group and Orta, the event intends to explore the intersection of the SDGs and fashion business, including climate action, gender equality, industry innovation, digitization, life of land and responsible production and consumption.
“As we close out a tumultuous 2020, we have optimism for a new year with a path to recover better together,” Tricia Carey, director of global business development at Lenzing, said. “Discover the SDGs by the Conscious Fashion Campaign provides the fashion industry with the tools to make educated choices with regards to both the environment and society.”
Event sessions will include “Sustainability by Design: Rethinking New York Fashion Week,” “Gender Equity – The New Fashion Era,” “Collaboration to Drive Positive Fashion” and “The Future of Work is Now – Views from the Fashion Industry.”