• 32 leading companies have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact.
  • Signatories have committed to achieving practical objectives together in three areas: climate, biodiversity and oceans.
  • Representatives of these companies have been invited today (23 August) at the Elysée Palace by French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • The Fashion Pact will be presented to heads of state during the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France.
32 leading companies have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact

32 leading companies have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact

Thirty-two of the world's leading fashion and textile companies – including Adidas, H&M, Inditex, Fung Group, Nike and Gap – have joined a new coalition that has pledged to set practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of the apparel industry.

The Fashion Pact has been unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron and François-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury goods group Kering, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz that begins tomorrow (24 August).

Stated goals are designed to "meet the pressing global environmental issues of this era," and include eliminating single-use plastics, using renewable energy and promoting regenerative agriculture.

Signatories cover luxury, fashion, sports and lifestyle brands, as well as retailers and suppliers, who have committed to establishing specific goals based on the Science-Based Targets (SBT1) initiative to restore biodiversity, protect the oceans, and tackle the climate crisis by achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to keep global warming below 1.5°C between now and 2100.

New global commitments

  • The Climate Commitment includes taking all measures possible to reduce and avoid carbon emissions, committing to offset through verifiable programmes, and sustainable sourcing of key raw materials. As well as turning to 100% renewable energy across own operations, there is "the ambition to incentivise implementation of renewables in all high impact manufacturing processes along the entire supply chain by 2030." 
  • The Biodiversity Commitment is thought to be a first for the fashion industry, and involves signatories pledging to develop strategies to measure their impact on key species and ecosystems – as well as concrete actions to prevent any future loss. This may include supporting regenerative agriculture; eliminating sourcing from intensive feed-lot based farming; supporting material and process innovations that have no negative impact on key species and ecosystems; ensuring no contribution to the loss or degradation of natural forests; supporting actions throughout the supply chain that restore natural ecosystems and protect key species; and taking 'wildlife friendly' approaches to agriculture, mining and forestry. 
  • The Ocean Commitment aims to reduce the fashion industry's negative impact on the world's oceans through steps such as eliminating the use of single use plastics (in both B2B and B2C packaging) by 2030; eliminating micro-fibre pollution from the washing of synthetic materials; sourcing raw materials that do not result in chemical pollution of rivers and oceans; helping to educate consumers on product care to avoid micro-plastic pollution from washing; taking steps to safeguard rivers and oceans from chemicals released through the production supply chain; and implementing guidelines to manage the plastic pellets that are the 'feedstock' for plastic-based fibres and packaging.

To date, the Fashion Pact coalition comprises: Adidas, Bestseller, Burberry, Capri Holdings Limited, Carrefour, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Everybody & Everyone, Fashion3, Fung Group, Galeries Lafayette, Gap, Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermès, 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, and Tapestry, Inc.

The Fashion Pact is the result of a challenge President Macron set Pinault ahead of the G7 meeting in April this year.

Its aim is to encompass at least 20% of the global fashion industry as measured by volume of products, according to the text of the document, which also says the Pact is "responding to the urgent need to focus action on the 'gaps' in existing initiatives.

"In particular we need to address the interface of our business with nature, so that all commitments will focus on the "first mile" of fashion supply chains, as a big unaddressed part of the impacts of the industry are felt at farm level and in raw material sourcing locations."

It also emphasises that the new commitment "will not reinvent the wheel but create an overarching framework for action," building on existing initiatives such as Apparel Impact Institute, C&A Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Fair Fashion Center, Fashion For Good, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Textile Exchange, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN International Labour Organization/Better Work, ZDHC.