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These Brands Have Committed To Reducing Their Emissions By 30% By 2030

by: Lucy Jones | 1 year ago | News

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Over 40 fashion industry leaders have signed the UN's new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Retailers, supplier organisations and shipping companies have committed to implementing 16 principles and targets outlined in the document. Burberry, Esprit, Guess, Gap Inc. Hugo Boss, H&M Group, Inditex, which owns Zara, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co. and Target are among the retailers that have already signed the charter.

The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action was created in line with the Paris Agreement and sets a goal of net zero emissions for the fashion industry by 2050. It also outlines a number of other objectives for signatories which include a shift to renewable energy sources, using more low-impact and sustainable materials, improving dialogue with customers about sustainability and exploring circular business models. All of the signatories also agreed to an initial goal of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

Stella McCartney, who announced the charter at this year's BoF VOICES event, said businesses need to come together to clean up the fashion industry.

“Climate change is undoubtedly one of, if not, the biggest challenge of our lifetime. It is and will affect everyone on this planet and our future,” McCartney said. “This is why I am proud to be a signatory of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. I want to call on my peers in the business, from other brands to retailers and suppliers, to sign up to this charter now and take the necessary actions to address the reality of the issue of climate change in their business and value chains. Collectively we have a voice and the capacity to make a difference.”

Many brands have their own sustainability plans, but this is the first time that the industry will be united behind a single charter. Together, these retailers believe that they can change the fashion industry for the better.

“This charter is about getting the fashion industry united in important climate work. Our industry has a global reach and only together can we create the change that is urgently needed,” H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson said. “We are happy to be a signatory of this charter as part of our ambition to become climate positive in our value chain.”

Fast fashion giants and luxury brands will need to overhaul their businesses if they hope to meet the goals outlined in the charter. Burberry, which came under fire earlier this year for burning $50 million worth of unsold clothes, welcomed this challenge.

“Burberry is proud to be a signatory of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action,” Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said. “While we have committed to becoming carbon neutral in our own operations, achieving a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the entire global fashion industry by 2030 will require innovation and collaboration. By working together with other signatories of the Charter, we believe that we can achieve systemic change and build a more sustainable future.”

Six working groups, made up of stakeholders, experts and other industry bodies, have been set up by the UN to help the signatories carry out their charter commitments.

Head here to read the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in full. 

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