Fashion CEO Agenda

The Fashion CEO Agenda is a guide to what every fashion leader needs to prioritise to future-proof their company. The publication outlines the most pressing issues and the biggest opportunities for environmental and social impact and provides guidance on how to move from words to action.

What is the Fashion CEO Agenda?

The Fashion CEO Agenda is intended as a tool for executives of brands, retailers and producers, presenting five socio-environmental sustainability priorities the industry should focus on in order to secure prosperity for people and communities while working within planetary boundaries.

In a first for the publication, the Fashion CEO Agenda 2023 also includes subsequent action areas for brands, retailers, and producers, which have been established through several years of stakeholder engagement and reinforced through GFA and UNEP’s global Fashion Industry Target Consultation. Although they are not exhaustive, the actions are believed to have reached a reasonable consensus across industry stakeholders and topical experts and be material and meaningful.

Accompanying the Fashion CEO Agenda is the 2030 Fashion Sector Vision, which presents where the sector at large should be in relation to each priority area within seven years’ time – a critical milestone on the road to net positive by 2050. It is important to acknowledge that companies’ ability to deliver on these actions, require significant effort, investment, and multi-stakeholder action, with the support of governments and financial institutions in the creation of an enabling environment to scale industry transformation, while empowering citizens and consumers.

The Priority Framework  

The Fashion CEO Agenda highlights the imperative need for the coexistence of environmental and social sustainability as neither can be achieved without the other.

At the heart of the Fashion CEO Agenda, the most crucial environmental and social sustainability priorities offer clear guidance on where to focus efforts.

  • Respectful and Secure Work Environments

  • Better Wage Systems

  • Resource Stewardship

  • Smart Material Choices

  • Circular Systems

Introducing: The Fashion CEO Agenda 2023

Developed for executives of fashion brands, retailers, and producers, the Fashion CEO Agenda is a succinct checklist to support in establishing and implementing leadership strategies for achieving a net positive fashion sector.

GFA Monitor

To further support all actors in taking action, regardless of where they are in their journey and their position in the value chain, GFA published its second GFA Monitor report in 2023. The GFA Monitor has two main objectives: presenting industry progress on the five sustainability priorities – utilising insights and milestones tested in the Fashion Industry Target Consultation – and offering a converged overview of proven existing tools, programmes, and best practices that can be applied today.

Global Fashion Summit

The Five Priority Framework informs the Global Fashion Summit Programme. The 2024 theme is Unlocking the Next Level and the Summit’s extensive programme has been built to unlock solutions to fashion’s biggest sustainability barriers.

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    Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2024

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Resources

    Fashion CEO Agenda 2023

    Developed for executives of fashion brands, retailers, and producers, the Fashion CEO Agenda is a succinct checklist to support in establishing and implementing leadership strategies for achieving a net positive fashion sector.

    Fashion CEO Agenda 2021

    This report shines light on social and environmental implications and intersections. It puts forward a vision statement for the fashion industry, striving for, ‘a thriving industry that creates prosperity for people and communities by working within

    Fashion CEO Agenda 2020: Covid-19 Edition

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company present research and a fact base to complement the priorities outlined in the CEO Agenda; which intend to guide and mobilise industry players in taking bold action on sustainability. This COVID-19 edition

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