Industry Development | Sustainable Fashion Academy

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:

 

The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) was launched in 2013 to inspire bold and courageous leadership in the apparel sector and also mobilise key stakeholders around promising ideas or practices that can significantly increase the sustainability performance of the apparel industry.

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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.

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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.

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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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