The Kingpins Show has furthered its sustainable commitment by becoming a partner of the Conscious Fashion Campaign in a move that will see it commit to promoting and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its events globally.

The new partnership is in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. Kingpins Show, which has made sustainable development and social responsibility central themes of its shows globally, produces events – both Kingpins Shows and Kingpins Transformers summits – in New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and London, and has plans to expand.

“The concepts of sustainability and transparency are key to how we approach our events,” says founder Andrew Olah. “It informs everything from the exhibitors we select and the requirements we make of them, the speakers we present, the production of our shows – all of it. And we’re always looking to expand not only our own commitment to cleaner denim, but to engage with the industry and give them the tools to do better.”

On the collaboration with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Olah adds: “We are on the same page and having their voice join ours, having their team members come and speak directly with our audience and learn our industry and help us find ways to employ the SDGs – it only helps make the message that much more clear.”

Since its debut in 2004, Kingpins has acted as a platform for thought leaders, innovators and denim creatives to gather and exchange ideas to push the denim industry forward.

In 2014, it introduced Kingpins Transformers, a summit series to target and engage a participating audience of denim professionals, educators, and government officials with panels and presentations featuring exceptional industry transformers in each stage of the jean supply chain. Earlier this month, the conference transitioned into Transformers Foundation, with a focus on social responsibility, sustainable cotton, responsible chemical management and consumer education as Transformers moves “beyond education into action”.

Kerry Bannigan, founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, says of the new partnership: “From our initial conversations it was evident that Andrew is leading his team with the Sustainable Development Goals at the forefront of their global vision. For us to be able to integrate this framework from impact marketing to sustainable operations is a vital step in guiding the denim sector to create concrete strategies for action.”

To achieve the 2030 agenda, the Conscious Fashion Campaign urges industry event leaders to integrate the SDGs into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The initiative champions fashion as an influential sector to address the world’s most pressing issues and lead a future that leaves no one behind.

“Fashion provides an important platform to drive education and engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals,” adds Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships. “While some industry leaders have taken encouraging steps towards sustainability and responsible practices, more needs to be done.”