“The creation of a Fashion Czar would signal your Administration’s commitment to humane labor and environmentally sound practices," the organisations say

“The creation of a Fashion Czar would signal your Administration’s commitment to humane labor and environmentally sound practices," the organisations say

A raft of US fashion companies, industry organisations and experts have joined forces to call on the Biden Administration to appoint a czar to coordinate the policies and people of the industry in relation to labour and environment.

With signatories including Timberland, ThredUp, Everlane, and the Sustainable Fashion Forum, the letter addressed to President Joe Biden says a czar should be "empowered to bring together key industry participants, advocate for policy changes, and have a senior role within the Administration".

The industry produces up to 10% of global carbon emissions and there are many fashion companies who have been engaged in human rights violations, including relying on forced labor and unsafe factory conditions that have led to Covid-19 outbreaks, the letter reads.

"In the wake of the pandemic, the industry faces challenges on many fronts including labour, health and safety, trade, pollution, domestic production and supply chain transparency, among many others. These policy areas cut across sectors, government agencies and national borders," it continues.

"The creation of a Fashion Czar would signal your Administration's commitment to humane labor and environmentally sound practices as well as a recognition of the role of fashion as a driver of the US economy.

"As fashion week gets underway in the US, a spotlight will shine not just on the clothes being shown, but also the practices and policies of the industry. We stand ready to work with you to advance the creation of a Fashion Czar and to promote this vibrant, creative, and economically important industry."