GFA Policy Matrix: EU

This matrix is intended to be a non-exhaustive overview of the main regulatory initiatives relating to the five priorities of the Fashion CEO Agenda (FCA) at the EU level.

The GFA Policy Matrix: EU is regularly updated.

EU Policy Matrix

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Launched at Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2023

Considerations when reading this resource

  • Under each priority, the matrix is organised by status: in force, in force that undergo revisions, ongoing, and non-policy initiative.
  • When a policy has already been enacted, the policies are set in a chronological order.
  • For the other categories, the order is alphabetical.
  • Policies that are relevant to more than one FCA priority and have already been developed under a priority are only named in the other priorities with a hyperlink leading to the full content.
  • In terms of colour coding, policies coloured in blue indicate that they are closely monitored through the Policy Hub – Circularity for Apparel and Footwear [1] or one of its partner organisations.
  • Beige cells were either not relevant or applicable to be developed at this time.
  • Selected position papers refers to the Policy Hub´s or its founding members’ positions.

[1] The Policy Hub – Circularity for Apparel and footwear unites the apparel and footwear industry to develop ambitious policies that accelerate sustainable practices. It represents more than 700 apparel & footwear stakeholders, including brands, retailers, manufacturers, and NGOs. It gathers the technical expertise and knowledge from members of its partner organisations: Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Federation of European Sporting Goods (FESI). In close collaboration with policymakers, the Policy Hub draws on these technical inputs to propose ambitious policies for the textiles industry in Europe.

Fashion CEO Agenda

The Fashion CEO Agenda (2021), GFA’s flagship publication, provides a concise overview of what every fashion leader needs to prioritise to future-proof their company. It presents a five-priority framework that highlights the critical environmental and social impact issues and the significant opportunities for businesses to create a net-positive fashion industry.

The Fashion CEO agenda presents the following 5 priorities:

  • Respectful and Secure Work Environments
  • Better Wage Systems
  • Resource Stewardship
  • Smart Material Choices
  • Circular Systems

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