Fashion Industry Target Consultation
The Fashion Industry Target Consultation is a multi-stakeholder project led by Global Fashion Agenda and the UN Environment Programme to identify and converge existing industry aligned targets to establish a holistic industry route of travel towards a net-positive fashion industry.
Formally launched at COP27 in November 2022, the Fashion Industry Target Consultation is a multi-stakeholder project led by Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) which aims to identify and converge existing industry aligned targets, according to the five priorities of the Fashion CEO Agenda: Respectful & Secure Work Environments, Better Wage Systems, Resource Stewardship, Smart Material Choices and Circular Systems. Moreover, the consultation will seek to formulate new targets where they are not currently covered such as criteria for purchasing practices and circular design, to establish a route towards a net-positive fashion industry.
Together, GFA and UNEP are inviting stakeholders and partners from across the global value chain including brands, retailers, NGOs, manufacturers, data providers, innovators, intergovernmental organisations, policy makers, and more to share their insights on the performance indicators and milestones that the industry must strive to meet, and importantly to gauge what tools and support are needed by these actors to take action.
This consultation will help provide clarity and drive accountability for a range of consistent, measurable, monitored and complete goals, so that the industry is able to understand the current state of progress, the areas that must be focused on to accelerate impact, and the timeframe to do so.
For more information download the Fashion Industry Target Consultation Supportive Document here.
The online survey is now available and will be open for the full duration of the consultation concluding 27 January 2023 and can be translated into all languages. On entering the survey, participants can select which priority areas they wish to provide feedback on. Anonymised and aggregated findings from the survey will presented during an informative webinar in Q2’23.
Each region has a different relationship with the textile value chain, and a global set of targets and monitoring must incorporate this to ensure that there are no tradeoffs, while also ensuring environmental and social protections. UNEP, through the Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs) initiative and in close collaboration with the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, will host virtual regional workshops to collect insights on specific targets and their localised impacts, as well as their feasibility and ambition levels required. A key objective of the regional workshops is to ensure that developing country and SME views are reflected in the consultation.
Workshops are planned in the following regions:
- Europe and North America
- West Asia
- Central and Eastern Europe
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Asia Pacific
The Fashion Industry Target Consultation aims to identify and converge existing industry-aligned targets in order to provide a clear route of travel towards reaching a net-positive fashion industry. The consultation invites all industry actors to share their insights on the performance indicators and milestones that the industry must strive to meet, and importantly to gauge what tools and support are needed by these actors to take action.
Global Fashion Agenda
Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is a non-profit organisation that fosters industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion to accelerate impact. With the vision of a net positive fashion industry, it drives action by mobilising, inspiring, and educating all stakeholders. The organisation has been leading the movement since 2009 and presents the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit, the Innovation Forum, thought leadership publications including The GFA Monitor, Fashion CEO Agenda and Fashion on Climate, and impact programmes including
the Circular Fashion Partnership.
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a global authority that sets the environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Since its inception in 1972, UNEP has employed several cross-sectoral subprogrammes, specifically its work within textiles takes form through the provision of strategic leadership and encouraging sector-wide collaboration to accelerate a just transition towards a sustainable and circular textile value chain, while supporting sound management of
UNEP’s report Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain: Global Stocktaking identified the environmental and socio-economic hotspots, and mapped initiatives working to address those. Its upcoming roadmap report defines a common agenda of transformation for
all value chain actors.
The consultation invites stakeholders and partners from across the global value chain including brands, retailers, NGOs, producers, manufacturers, data providers, innovators, intergovernmental organisations, policy makers, financing institutions, and more to participate in the Fashion Industry Target Consultation. This consultation must include voices of all stakeholders across the value chain, from all regions to ensure that trade-offs are avoided or mitigated, and that these targets will be holistic, inclusive, and effective.
The consultation will be from now until February 2023. The aligned targets will be unveiled
in the 2023 publication of GFA’s Fashion CEO Agenda at Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition in June 2023.
In developing the draft targets for consultation we built upon existing frameworks and targets, and consulted with the organizations behind those. Where targets existed, those are mentioned, where no targets existed yet we propose new ones. It is our imperative to converge what is already established in the industry and create a holistic and aligned route of travel encompassing both social and environmental sustainability. The initial development of the targets released for consultation was done in conversation with leading subject expert initiatives, as well as in reference to existing frameworks including the Science Based Targets Network, The Fashion Pact, the Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices.
The consultation will consist of an online survey and regional workshops through which participants can submit feedback.
The online survey is now available and will be open for the full duration of the consultation until
February 2023 and can be translated into multiple languages. If you do not find your preferred language, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . On entering the survey, participants can
select which priority areas they wish to provide feedback on. Anonymised and aggregated findings
from the survey will be presented during an informative webinar in Q2’23. The online survey can
be accessed here.
In addition to the online survey, workshops will be hosted by UNEP, through the GO4SDGs
initiative, from December 2022-January 2023 to collect and share regionally-specific views across
the following regions:
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- West Asia
- Asia Pacific
For more updates on the regional workshop consultations, please visit
The Fashion Industry Target Consultation follows Global Fashion Agenda’s Fashion CEO Agenda framework which outlines five priorities that businesses should focus on in order to secure prosperity for people and communities while working within environmental boundaries. These priorities include:
- Respectful and Secure Work Environments
- Better Wage Systems
- Resource Stewardship
- Smart Material Choices
- Circular Systems
The GFA Monitor acts as an accompanying tool to support actors within fashion’s value chain with implementing action within the outlined priority areas, presenting proven solutions, tools, best practices, case studies and expert insights.
The Fashion Industry Target Consultation also aligns with UNEP’s upcoming report, Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain: A global roadmap which sets out the priorities and actions all key stakeholders can take towards this transformation.
The five priority areas, and set of targets underneath them, should be viewed as a complete and complementary set – they are interconnected and designed to reinforce each other. The intention is for the textile industry to meet all targets, providing a holistic route of travel.
These targets are intended to be directional targets that drive industry-wide progress across a holistic priority framework. The aim is to catalyse a transition from planning to taking action by providing a common destination and point of reference for different stakeholder groups to facilitate industry-wide change.
The targets are intended to be at industry level and align the industry around a joint vision and ambition. They recognise and build on existing work in certain impact areas and individual company targets; over time the objective is to be able to measure and monitor industry-wide progress against evidence-based ambitions. Annually industry-wide progress achieved against the identified targets will be presented through the GFA Monitor starting Q3 2023, which will act as an annual gauge of the fashion industry.
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A net-positive industry is one that gives back more to the natural world, people and societies and the economy than it takes out. The targets to be defined by the consultation will not be directly accountable for a net-positive industry, but help to define the pathway towards it by encouraging ambitious sustainability strategies that reduce harm, but also deliver positive outcomes for the environment and societies.