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What Stakeholders Are Saying About STICA

“The climate crisis is the toughest challenge facing humanity, a global shift is required. Our greatest hope is in democracy and awareness raising, as Greta Thunberg says. Initiatives such as STICA play a vital role in this, to drive development in the right direction through cooperation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.” - Elin Larsson, Program director, Re:source

“We must overcome numerous challenges in our pursuit of a more sustainable textile and fashion industry. We, who are responsible for the governmental assignment Textile & Fashion 2030, face these challenges every day in partnership with our stakeholders. Climate change is one of the most urgent of these challenges. Through collaboration, and by working closely together with engaged companies, we can make a significant impact, not just in Sweden, but globally.” - Susanne Nejderås, Director of Smart Textiles and Platform Manager, Textile & Fashion 2030

“We are all on the same planet and it is getting critical to transform our way of living and doing business – not even to save the planet, but to save ourselves. The more power you have, the bigger your responsibility is. The brands of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group are ready to take on that responsibility. We know what must be done: Align the emission reductions of the Paris agreement, to limit global warming to 1.5°C . This is difficult work, so support, knowledge, and cooperation are essential for reaching the speed of change needed. That is exactly why the work of STICA is really valuable. Let 2021 be the first of many years where we up climate commitment and action.” - David Ekelund, Board Chair, Scandinavian Outdoor Group

“We need every person, company, and organization in the fashion industry to acknowledge that climate change is real and that our industry needs to change. All parts of the industry must be included in the journey toward a more sustainable consumption. We need to encourage each other through new circular and innovative business models. To be daring and being a visionary is today more important than ever. STICA has handled this complex issue by helping companies make an actual change.” - Helena Waker, CEO, Stockholm Fashion District

“Climate impact concerns the whole fashion and textile industry, in Sweden and internationally, and we need to engage with the entire value chain as well as policy makers and financial organizations for a sustainable future in fashion. The STICA network offers that kind of collaborative platform.” - Catarina Midby, Secretary General, Swedish Fashion Association

“The Swedish apparel industry is responsible for a significant amount of GHG emissions. At the same time, the Swedish industry is and should continue to be leaders in developing climate solutions - not only for themselves - but for the whole global apparel industry. Swedish companies are unique in their approach to transparency and collaboration, and this is an advantage. Although no vital change can be made by Sweden alone, we can lead and work jointly – thereby leveraging the influence we have.” - Kajsa Guterstam, Textile, Fashion and Sustainability, The Swedish Institute

“The fashion industry faces a complex and challenging situation. It is an important contributor of jobs worldwide and joy for every kind of consumer, and it must at the same time contribute to solving one of the greatest environmental challenges humanity faces – climate change. As the industry is likely to grow, due to an increase of the population and an improved standard of living, it is crucial that we focus on reducing the industry’s most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this, we need to engage with every part of the supply chain and increase our focus on innovation and developing circular business models. STICA serves as an important catalytic converter for this work by helping the industry with collaboration, learning, transparency in processes, and most importantly - real action.” - Magnus Nikkarinen, Senior Policy Director - Sustainability, The Swedish Trade Federation

“To ensure that our future footprint is lower than today’s, the industry needs circular design principles for products and processes. The principles shall promote the use of renewable energy in production and active work toward energy efficiency, keeping quality products longer in use and ensuring that the rest material is being used as raw material for either our industry, or in cooperation with others. This is important if we are to reduce our emissions in line with the 1.5°C pathway. STICA is of great help supporting companies in this important change.” - Cecilia Tall, Secretary-General, TEKO