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Global Fashion Agenda Taps Ralph Lauren for Influential Role

Global Fashion Agenda’s stable of strategic brand partners is expanding.

The Denmark-based sustainability think tank announced Tuesday that Ralph Lauren Corp. will be joining Asos, Bestseller, Kering, H&M, Li & Fung, Nike, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target in shaping its thought leadership platform, including the Fashion CEO Agenda, a list of priorities for businesses that wish to safeguard both their interests and those of the planet.

“Ralph Lauren Corporation is devoted to improving its sustainability performance and advancing progress in the industry as a whole,” Federica Marchionni, CEO of Global Fashion Agenda, which hosts the Copenhagen Fashion Summit every year, said in a statement. “It is a legendary brand known across the globe for its timeless style, and so it has the power to inspire and influence industry change at scale.”

The organization’s strategic partner group, which spans the luxury, lifestyle, e-commerce, high-street and supply-chain management sectors, represents a diverse cross-section of the fashion industry, Marchionni said. “Through this partnership, I am confident that we can create even more impact in our pursuit of a prosperous industry for both planet and people,” she added.

Ralph Lauren, Global Fashion Agenda noted, has championed sustainability in fashion, most recently by rolling out Color on Demand, a multiphased set of technologies that seeks to deliver the world’s first scalable zero-wastewater cotton dyeing system.

The Team U.S.A. Olympics outfitter has also promised to scale its investments with nature-based carbon removal operations, switch over to lower-impact “preferred” fibers such as recycled cotton, design its products for circularity and ensure that 100 percent of its packaging material is recyclable, reusable or sustainably sourced. By 2040, Ralph Lauren hopes to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and value chain, referring to climate change as one of the most complex and challenging issues at present.

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The partnership with Global Fashion Agenda will take effect on Oct. 1. Patrice Louvet, president and CEO of Ralph Lauren, will also present a keynote speech at CFS+, the digital edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit taking place on Oct 7-8.

“At Ralph Lauren, we understand that creating a more sustainable and equitable world requires collective action and deep collaboration,” Louvet said. “As we focus on identifying breakthrough solutions that have the potential to be scaled across our industry, we look forward to working together with the Global Fashion Agenda and its partners to drive meaningful change.”