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The Strength of Shared Initiatives

Our Commitment to Sustainability

The Sustainable Fashion Academy believes a holistic approach is required to truly influence the sustainable transformation of the fashion and apparel industry. This includes supporting critical initiatives and action of government bodies, public agencies, for-profit companies, civil society actors, and media and research organisations. SFA participates in a number of industry networks and activities to help drive change at industry level. Some of SFA’s activities include:

 

SFA has been active in the development and launch of the new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. As a signatory, we commit to support the industry to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. The Charter, which is open for other companies and organizations to join, recognises the crucial role that fashion plays on both sides of the climate equation; as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and as a sector with multiple opportunities to reduce emissions while contributing to sustainable development. It contains the vision for the industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and defines issues that will be addressed by signatories, ranging from decarbonisation of the production phase, selection of climate friendly and sustainable materials, low-carbon transport, improved consumer dialogue and awareness, working with the financing community and policymakers to catalyse scalable solutions, and exploring circular business models. To make concrete progress on these commitments, six working groups have been established in which signatories will work to define steps for implementation.

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SFA participates in the advisory group for The Science Based Targets initiative. This initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF, which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The initiative’s overall aim is that by 2020, science-based target setting will become standard business practise and corporations will play a major role in driving down global greenhouse gas emissions.

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  SAC is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition’s main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardised supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. Learn More

 

The European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) is a EU LIFE funded project focusing on adopting a circular approach to divert clothing waste from landfill and incineration across Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefit to the clothing sector.

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SFA participates in the advisory group for Clothing Reuse Market Makers Project, run by the World Resources Institute. By 2020, making clothing go further will be a core strategy for meeting demand in priority markets, with other markets following close behind. Designing business models for maximum environmental and social benefits will gradually become mainstream business practice, aided by the adoption of new public policies that encourage clothing reuse. Systemic change will be achieved when clothing reuse becomes a competitive and profitable business model for a critical mass of influential clothing brands. Companies express interest in reuse business models, but they are missing critical information and external market enablers. Through the Market Makers initiative, WRIWRI India, and WRAP will produce best-in-class research and convene a working group of at least 20 companies to address three missing elements of a reuse market.

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  Launched in 2009 as the first project under NFA, the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) project and its underlying educational focus on sustainable fashion creates a unique foundation for developing a strong Nordic fashion organisation devoted to competence building and global positioning. In a manifesto for new Nordic Fashion, NFA aims to define a number of strongholds and objectives to inspire a new vision for the Nordic fashion industry and the Nordic region. Learn More

 

The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) is the representative body for the sporting goods sector in Europe. FESI engages with all European political institutions and other European authorities and bodies that impact the Sporting Goods industry. Moreover, FESI represents the interest of its members vis a vis Sport Governing bodies such as UEFA, and communicates with a variety of European stakeholders across a wide range of issues, from trade, environment and sustainability. 

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Since its inception in 1970, ISPO has developed into a leading sports business network. The yearly multi-segment trade fairs in Munich, Beijing and Shanghai provide companies and brands with a platform to be visible and connect. ISPO’s online news portal publishes industry information and trends. ISPO also supports young brands presenting innovative business models or products, enables collaboration with consumer experts to develop, test and share ideas and products, and provides knowledge and expertise for the sports industry via ISPO Academy.

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Peak Innovation is a regional Swedish initiative, stimulating research and business development in the areas of tourism, sports and outdoor life. The initiative helps the different actors collaborate in order for new ideas and innovations to be developed, attract investment and be brought to the market.

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The European Outdoor Group (EOG) was founded in 2003 by 19 of the world’s largest outdoor companies. Recognising the need for a cohesive, cross-border approach to represent the European outdoor industry, it also closely cooperates with European decision makers as well as national trade associations, and promotes responsible industry practises.

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Established already in 1945 as a not-for-profit corporation, The Canadian Sporting Goods Association (CSGA) re-launched in 2013 to promote the sporting goods industry for health and prosperity of the Canadian people. The association serves as the hub for the industry creating synergies in between suppliers, retailers, service providers, amateur sports associations, educational institutions and government.

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