Chief Sustainability Officer

Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) is seeking a dynamic and experienced Chief Sustainability Officer with experience working in the international fashion industry and a deep knowledge of sustainability to lead the organisation’s thought leadership and content work.


The position is part of the executive leadership team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate is based in Copenhagen, however flexible arrangements can be considered for the right candidate.

About GFA and the role

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

The organisation has been leading the movement since 2009 and is behind the renowned international forum on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Summit (formerly known as Copenhagen Fashion Summit), the Innovation Forum, thought leadership publications including Fashion CEO Agenda, and Fashion on Climate, policy engagement and impact programmes including the Circular Fashion Partnership.

The candidate will have a tremendous opportunity to further develop the GFA strategy and translate it into action, while leading and working in close partnership with a dedicated, talented, international team. The Chief Sustainability Officer serves a crucial role in driving GFA’s thought leadership and position on key fashion sustainability topics.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take part in the Executive Team to steer the overall direction of the organisation
  • Lead GFA’s content engagement with the GFA Steering Committee. The Committee is comprised of our strategic partners from the fashion industry, and we collaboratively identify, align and develop key sustainability and impact topics for GFA to address. Work closely with GFA´s knowledge partner McKinsey & Company to develop content that advances the global thinking and knowledge on sustainability in fashion.
  • Lead GFAs Impact Programmes and direct interaction with associated stakeholders, including:
    • The Fashion CEO Agenda that sets out the sustainability goals and priorities for the fashion industry
    • The GFA Monitor that, in collaboration with our Data and Impact Partners, measures the fashion industry’s progress on sustainability priorities and provides guidance on how to improve performance
    • The Circular Fashion Partnership, our local, hands-on initiative that aims to increase recycling of post-industrial textile waste in manufacturing countries, and to manage the expansion of the programme to additional countries
    • Key research programmes on other GFA priorities such as climate change, circularity and better wage systems
  • Support the development of the GFA Academy which aims to strengthen and broaden the sustainability knowledge base of industry stakeholders, and steer the direction of Masterclasses, Roundtables, and Explainers
  • Impact the content development of the annual Global Fashion Summit, the most significant event on sustainability in the global fashion industry, including the Summit programme

Key qualifications and skills

  • Significant work experience in sustainability with a strong track record of impactful and pioneering content direction, including work in the international fashion industry.
  • Deep knowledge of sustainability topics in the international fashion industry
  • Solid business and stakeholder networks including connections with businesses, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders
  • Proven leadership and team management experience and skills
  • Proven fundraising experience and skills, either through direct experience or through management of relevant employees
  • Proficiency in system thinking, including a holistic understanding of topics within both social and environmental sustainability
  • A collaborative, and can-do attitude to work
  • The ability to thrive in a flexible and dynamic workplace
  • Strong drive and ambition for accelerating the sustainability agenda in fashion
  • Experience in leading and undertaking research on sustainability topics
  • Graduate or post-graduate degree or qualification
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in English (writing and speaking) is a must; fluency in another language is a plus




Please send your CV and a short motivational letter (max. 400 words) to Alice Roberta Taylor, Chief of Staff & Head of Communications: . Deadline for application is 28 July, 2023.