Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2019

The Pulse Report was co-developed with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and one of the world’s leading advisor on business strategy, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the coalition that has developed the Higg Index, a suite of tools that standardises value chain sustainability measurement for all industry participants.

The Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2019 – Full Report  

The Pulse Report was co-developed with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and one of the world’s leading advisor on business strategy, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the coalition that has developed the Higg Index, a suite of tools that standardises value chain sustainability measurement for all industry participants.

 

The 2019 Pulse Score, the final pulse taken, shows that the fashion industry has improved its social and environmental performance since 2018 —and at a slower rate than the previous year. Despite this improvement, the fashion industry remains far from sustainable.

Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that fashion companies are not implementing sustainable solutions fast enough to counterbalance increasing negative environmental and social impacts of the rapidly growing fashion industry. If the Pulse Score stays on its current trajectory, the gap between industry output and the Pulse Score will only widen.

Jonas Eder Hansen.Cropped for Quote
Jonas Eder-Hansen Chief Operating Officer
"Today, only 20% of textiles are collected globally. To achieve a circular fashion system it is essential that we capture the valuable resources currently being lost. Setting up a garment collection scheme is a pragmatic step in the right direction."

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    Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2017

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    Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018

    According to the Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018 report, the industry’s performance remains weak. The Pulse Score is 38 out of 100. In the past year, it improved by six points. The Pulse Survey, which covers the perspectives of decision-makers from all industry segments, confirms that the sustainability agenda became increasingly prominent in shaping the corporate agenda. Of the executives polled, 52% reported that sustainability targets provided guidance for almost every strategic decision they made—an increase of 18 percentage points from last year. While encouraging, these results also indicate the need for still more movement toward increasingly responsible practices.