to create 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.
The organisation has been leading the movement since 2009 and presents the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit, in core industry regions around the world. GFA influences policy through its advocacy efforts including the Global Textiles Policy Forum, publishes thought leadership including The GFA Monitor, Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate, implements impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership and the Global Circular Fashion Forum, presents educational guidance through the GFA Academy, and connects companies with solutions through the Innovation Forum.
of global carbon emissionsRead more - Fashion on Climate
of living wage estimates are legal minimum wagesRead more - The GFA Monitor
of all clothing is landfilled or incineratedRead more - Pulse of the Fashion Industry
of microplastic pollution in the oceans
come from micro fibres shed by synthetic fibresRead more - Fashion CEO Agenda
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.
GHG reduction by 2030 & Net zero GHG emissions by 2050
workers earn a living wage
the use of virgin polyester, conventional cotton & conventional manmade cellulosics. Significantly reduce the use of finite resources.