Spotlight On: Mango

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The fashion industry is deemed responsible for an estimated 1.84% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and is key player in the global economy, contributing $2.4 trillion to global manufacturing and employing 300 million people worldwide. In response to this impact on the environment and society, the fashion industry is reshaping its business model to become more efficient and sustainable.

Founded in Barcelona in 1984 and currently present in over 115 markets, Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion groups, sees sustainability as a journey the fashion industry has to make to achieve a more just society and to reduce its environmental and social impact. With design, creativity, and technology at the centre of its business model, the company bases its strategy on constant innovation, the search for sustainability, and a complete ecosystem of channels and partners.

Mango was a pioneer in establishing its sustainability department to commit to responsible production in 2002 and currently is implementing its Sustainable Vision 2030. The roadmap is a cross-departmental core value of the company strategy and business model that influences decision making and the promotion of actions with the lowest negative environmental and social impact possible based on three key pillars.

Firstly, the product and its design. By 2030, Mango is committed to use 100% more sustainable fibres by 2030. From a design point of view, in the next few years Mango will increase designs that are easier to recycle, bearing in mind their composition and construction, as well as committing to durability or the efficient use of materials to avoid waste.

The second pillar of Mango’s focuses on implementing measures to reduce the company’s impact on the planet through four policies: climate change, water consumption, packaging, and the strategy to protect biodiversity. Mango aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and reduce its total water impact by 25% by 2030.

Finally, the company’s commitment to people. Mango will focus its efforts in the coming years on continuing its process of supplier auditing, traceability, and transparency, in order to ensure that appropriate working conditions are fulfilled for workers in the factories the company works with throughout the world. In addition, the company will continue to implement numerous training projects principally focused on providing children and women access to education in countries such as Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, so that these become a lever of change for societies.

Mango is Associate Sponsor of Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2024.

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