Swedish fashion chains KappAhl, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Peak Performance have joined forces under the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), committing to reduce their climate impact by 30% by 2030.
The initiative supports the new United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter on Climate Action, and will help the Swedish fashion and textile industry meet its goals by creating a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration and reporting.
STICA’s first task will be to assess the climate impact of its members, before creating action plans where they can work together to share knowledge and implement solutions. It will also report on progress in order to allow all stakeholders to follow developments.
The initiative’s vision is that the Sweden’s fashion and textile industry shall lead the way and be climate-positive well before 2050. It is inviting other Swedish textile companies of all sizes to join the collaborative initiative in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and drive industry innovation.
“To tackle the climate impact stemming from our value chain we need joint efforts and clear goals,” says Fredrika Klarén, head of sustainability at KappAhl. “We want to create support for the entire Swedish textile industry, both small and large enterprises, in taking climate action. We want to ensure Sweden leads the way and that the Swedish textile industry becomes climate positive well before 2050.”
Felicia Reuterswaerd, head of sustainability at H&M Sweden, says the company’s vision is to use its size and scale to lead the change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry, but says no company or organisation can tackle those challenges alone. “Together with the industry, stakeholders and business partners we can make a sustainable difference,” she says.
The Fashion Industry Charter on Climate Action will be launched next week during COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.