32 international fashion and textile companies have united as one in signing a ‘Fashion Pact’. In doing so they have committed to achieving objectives in three areas: climate, oceans and biodiversity.
In April 2019, ahead of the G7 meeting, French politician Emmanuel Macron presented François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of luxury fashion group Kering, with a mission. The mission was to bring together the leading players in fashion, with the aim of setting objectives for reducing the environmental impact of their industry.
The Fashion Pact dictates that the 32 committed companies will eliminate single-use plastics by 2030. The fashion and textiles industry is currently responsible for approximately 20-35% of the microplastic in the ocean, according to the French Ministry of Ecology. Furthermore, emissions targets will be set to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, in an bid to fight global warming.
To date, Fashion Pact comprises of (in alphabetical order):
ADIDAS, BESTSELLER, BURBERRY, CAPRI HOLDINGS LIMITED, CARREFOUR, CHANEL, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, EVERYBODY & EVERYONE, FASHION3, FUNG GROUP, GALERIES LAFAYETTE, GAP Inc., GIORGIO ARMANI, H&M GROUP, HERMES, INDITEX, KARL LAGERFELD, KERING, LA REDOUTE, MATCHESFASHION.COM, MONCLER, NIKE, NORDSTROM, PRADA GROUP, PUMA, PVH Corp., RALPH LAUREN, RUYI, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, SELFRIDGES GROUP, STELLA MCCARTNEY, TAPESTRY.
Fashion Pact’s commitments draw on the Science-Based Targets initiative, which focuses on action in three crucial areas for safeguarding the planet:
1. Stop global warming: by creating and deploying an action plan for achieving the objective of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in order to keep global warming below a 1.5°C pathway between now and 2100.
2. Protect the oceans: by reducing the fashion industry’s negative impact on the world’s oceans through practical initiatives, such as gradually removing the usage of single-use plastics.
3. Restore biodiversity: by achieving objectives that use Science-Based Targets to restore natural ecosystems and protect species.
Fashion Pact was launched on Friday at the 45th G7 summit in Biarritz, France.