Accelerating impact
to create a net positive fashion industry

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Our vision and mission

Global Fashion agenda is a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to drive impact. With the ultimate vision of a net positive fashion industry, Global Fashion Agenda is on a mission to accelerate impact by inspiring, educating, influencing, and mobilising all stakeholders.

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A net positive fashion industry

A net positive industry for people and the planet is an industry that puts back more into society, the environment, and the global economy than it takes out.

To drive this change and spark action, we’re on a mission to mobilise, inspire, influence and educate all stakeholders.

We have been leading the sustainability movement since 2009 and are behind the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit, the Innovation Forum, thought leadership publications including Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate and impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership.

Consequences of the Fashion Industry 

Why GFA exists

The fashion industry is one of the largest, most resource intensive industries. It is a powerful engine for global growth and development.

The apparel and footwear industry accounted for some 2.1 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2018, about 4% of the global total. For context, this is the same quantity of CO2 per year as the economies of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. The global apparel market is projected to grow in value from 1.5 trillion USD in 2020 to about 2.25 trillion USD dollars by 2025, and it employs 60+ million people along its value chain; of which 80% are women. Widespread negative social implications within its supply chain such as the challenges in human rights, raising social standards and eliminating forced labour are all too familiar issues.

With global garment production to increase by 63% by 2030 – the equivalent of 500 billion shirts – the current business model of the fashion industry is unsustainable and needs to change to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We can form a thriving industry that creates prosperity for people and communities, reverses climate change and protects biodiversity. For this to happen, action is required now.

Our ecosystem

We’re proud to work with a diverse ecosystem of some of the world’s leading organisations – all of whom play a vital role in driving sustainability in their sectors. Through these partnerships and alliances we spearhead the fashion industry’s journey towards a more sustainable future.

GFA Ecosystem

GFA is striving to accelerate the following impact 

  • 50%

    GHG reduction by 2030 & Net zero GHG emissions by 2050

  • 70 million

    workers earn a living wage

  • Reduce

    the use of virgin polyester, conventional cotton & conventional manmade cellulosics. Significantly reduce the use of finite resources.

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Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2023

  • 27 - 28 Jun 2023
  • The Copenhagen Concert hall
Global Fashion Summit is the leading international forum for sustainability in fashion and is presented by Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) - a non-profit organisation that is accelerating the transition to a net positive fashion industry.