Conscious Fashion Campaign launched ‘Discover the Sustainable Development Goals’ a virtual event and exhibit with the United Nations Office for Partnerships that took place during December 2020 and is now available to watch on-demand via Conscious fashion Campaigns Vimeo channel (view via 'Watch on Demand now button above)
Kering, Tracy Reese, Gabriela Hearst, Lenzing join United Nations officials to advance sustainability action in the fashion industry and to recover better together from COVID-19
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, an initiative founded by social entrepreneur Kerry Bannigan to accelerate fashion industry action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, launches a month-long virtual educational experience, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, entitled “Discover the Sustainable Development Goals -
Conscious Fashion Powering the Decade of Action
The experience continues to aim to advance knowledge and strengthen engagement from the global fashion industry to further support the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the 17 goals to transform our world. Discover the SDGs online exhibit featured a wide range of SDG informational tools along with fashion sector-focused on-demand discussions with industry leaders, United Nations officials, and advocates; including Kering, Lenzing, Allbirds, PVH, Vogue Business, CFDA, the British Fashion Council, Messe Frankfurt, Collina Strada, Swarovski Foundation and included RawAssemblys special edition responsible & sustainable sourcing magazine and specially curated video content from our partners such as The New Denim Project, Glenwood Merino, Coonong Station, MTK, LABVA and others from all around the world.
“This is a critical time to accelerate partnerships to address the world's biggest challenges – from eliminating poverty, hunger and inequalities to reversing climate change and unsustainable consumption and production practices,”
said Annemarie Hou, acting Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships.
“The fashion industry is an important ally for the United Nations in this Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030.”
Discover the SDGs virtual event, powered by Arch and Hook, Artistic Milliners and Lenzing; and supported by Interwoven, ITL Group and Orta, served as a catalyst for a new era of fashion; exploring the intersection of the SDGs and fashion business including climate action, gender equality, industry innovation, digitization, life of land and responsible production and consumption. Speakers include fashion designers Anyango Mpinga, Gabriela Hearst, Maria Cornejo, and Tracy Reese; Marsha Cooke, Senior Vice President Impact, Vice Media Group; Emily Chan, Sustainability Editor, Vogue Global Network; Dominic-Madori Davis, Reporter, Business Insider; Sara Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia & Head of Vogue Talents; Jill Martin Wrenn, Business Reporter, BBC and Fiona Sinclair Scott, Global Editor, CNN Style. Industry supporters also include Drapers, Fashinnovation, Kingpins, Transformers Foundation, and RawAssembly.
The event featured United Nations representatives from the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory on Climate Change, United Nations Capital Development Fund, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
In her role as the Director of Global Business Development at Lenzing, Tricia Carey explains the importance of sustainability within the fashion industry; “As we close out a tumultuous 2020, we have optimism for a new year with a path to recover better together. Discover the SDG’s by the Conscious Fashion Campaign provides the fashion industry with the tools to make educated choices with regards to both the environment and society. Lenzing uses the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for our initiatives to be a responsible wood-based cellulosic fiber producer making TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal.”
Given its global reach, the fashion industry is uniquely positioned to increase collaboration and engagement around the SDGs. With the pervasiveness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry has seen unparalleled disruption to its operations and supply chains. As the fashion sector revises and adapts priorities, now is the time to ensure that this disruption can serve as the catalyst for a new sustainable era for all stakeholders involved.
The role of partnerships is more crucial than ever in order to recover from the pandemic and to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Murtaza Ahmed, Owner and Managing Director of Artistic Milliners emphasizes this; “At Artistic Milliners, we believe anyone entity alone cannot rely on fragmented work to achieve global impact. Therefore, we are leveraging the power of SDGs as the most comprehensive framework of collective action to bring about real impact. Our efforts have led to our recognition by the United Nations Global Compact as the Global Pioneer of SDG 5: Gender Equality. We want to share our best practices with our peers and partners and the Conscious Fashion Campaign provides the perfect platform to inspire the global fashion industry to action.”
Discover the SDGs video content, convened by the Conscious Fashion Campaign in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships is now available online and on-demand via the below Vimeo Channel.
ON-DEMAND SPEAKERS SESSIONS
CONSCIOUS FASHION POWERING THE DECADE OF ACTION
With 2020 marking the beginning of the Decade of Action towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, sector education and its advancement will play a key role in our progress and are essential during this limited timeline. Join RawAssembly as we discuss how to leverage global connection in support of sector education and SDG advancement alongside Kingpins, FashionInnovation and Kirsty Mcgregor from Drapers.
The Conscious Fashion Campaign
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, creates high-visibility fashion event partnerships to accelerate global industry engagement to advance the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The campaign educates and mobilizes the fashion sector to action solutions for social, economic, and environmental change.
United Nations Office for Partnerships
The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a connector for co-creating collaborations and provides a platform for effective engagement of public and private sector stakeholders with the United Nations development system to advance the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. www.un.org/partnerships