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Meet the team

Our vision is to make sustainability fashion’s first priority.

Eva Kruse,
CEO
Eva Kruse
CEO

A globally recognised voice in sustainability, Eva Kruse is the CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the world’s foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion. Kruse founded the non-profit organisation with a mission to mobilise the fashion system to change the way we produce and market fashion.

Through working with the United Nations, European Commission and many international foundations, Kruse strives to drive awareness and action on sustainability with the aim to safeguard the future of our planet.

GFA works closely with its Strategic Partners, currently counting the industry leaders ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target.

The organisation is renowned for hosting the landmark annual event, Copenhagen Fashion Summit. This year marked the Summit’s tenth anniversary and provided a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate.

Under Kruse’s leadership GFA has also accelerated the industry’s transition to a circular fashion system through its 2020 Commitment, which has been signed by 12% of the global fashion market. Earlier this year, she injected fashion into the sustainability conversation at the World Economic Forum, for the launch of the CEO Agenda.

The work of GFA has captured global media attention and Kruse regularly calls for action on sustainability via platforms from CNN to The Guardian to New York Times.

Kruse has received several accolades for her contribution to sustainability. In 2017 she was awarded the Human Rights Prize by the French Embassy, and in 2019 she was honoured with a Royal Order of Chivalry by the Danish Monarchy.


Travis Peoples,
Chief Operating Officer
Travis Peoples
Chief Operating Officer

Travis Peoples is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

As COO, Peoples is responsible for day-to-day operations and strategy to ensure the organisation effectively delivers on its mission to mobilise and guide the fashion industry. He also oversees production of Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the leading business event for sustainability in fashion.

Spurring industry-wide commitment to sustainability, Peoples leads GFA’s engagement with its Strategic Partners – currently counting the industry leaders ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target.

Throughout his career, Peoples has focused on strategic planning, brand positioning and operationalising efforts to drive sustainability. Prior to joining GFA, Travis has held leading positions at the Boston Consulting Group and Adidas. Peoples holds a Law Degree (JD) and MBA from Duke University, and a BA in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.


Morten Lehmann,
Chief Sustainability Officer
Morten Lehmann
Chief Sustainability Officer

Morten Lehmann is Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Fashion Agenda, the world’s foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

An established expert in sustainability, Lehmann leads the content team and is responsible for GFA’s core publications including the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report and the CEO Agenda. These publications provide insightful research on the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry, guidance on how fashion brands can improve their performance and further cement GFA as a thought-leader in sustainability.

He works closely with GFA’s strategic partners – currently counting the industry leaders ASOS, BESTSELLER, H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, Nike, PVH Corp., Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Target – in order to ensure the prioritisation of sustainability at a highly strategic level.

Lehmann also shapes the content for the renowned annual event, Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the leading business event for sustainability in fashion. This year marked the Summit’s tenth anniversary and provided a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate. The Summit advocated focused industry efforts and created joint commitments to transform the fashion industry.

With over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, he has formerly worked for and advised governments, the UN, NGOs and corporations in Asia, Africa and Europe. Prior to joining GFA, Lehmann held senior sustainability roles at Maersk, Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, IC Group A/S and others. He has experience in the fashion industry on both a corporate and brand level – developing partnership strategies and flagship programmes, responsible value chain management and CSR communication.

Lehmann is an experienced speaker and is widely a recognised as a respected voice within the discussion of sustainability. He is often cited in leading publications including Forbes, The Guardian, The Business of Fashion and The Times.


Jonas Eder-Hansen,
Public Affairs Director
Jonas Eder-Hansen
Public Affairs Director

Jonas Eder-Hansen is Public Affairs Director at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

As Public Affairs Director, he leads government affairs, policy and related stakeholder engagement, and the creation of impactful industry commitments on both a regional and international level.

Jonas spearheaded GFA’s 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which called upon the fashion industry to take urgent action on circularity. The commitment was signed by 12.5% of the global fashion industry. Jonas also actively works with policymakers to align regulation and policy agendas with fashion industry interests.

Furthermore, he shapes the content for Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. The Summit provides a forum for a vast range of stakeholders, from CEOs to politicians to manufacturers from across the globe, to convene and collaborate.

With a long career in sustainability, he is regularly interviewed by media to provide his expert insights on the key issues. Jonas was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility where he was a major driving force in the establishment and development of the now internationally acclaimed research centre.


Malou Wedel Bruun,
Communications Director
Malou Wedel Bruun
Communications Director

Malou Wedel Bruun is the Communications Director at Global Fashion Agenda. In this role she is responsible for reinforcing the organisation’s position as a leading global authority on sustainability in fashion and ensuring that its core message is reflected across all communications platforms and in media.

Malou Wedel Bruun is driven by positive storytelling, aesthetics and human community. She grew up in a fashion, literature and music-loving family, and with her lifelong love and deep respect for the art of fashion along with her sense of humanity, she finds sustainability the only way forward. Something that she has been agitating for many years through her former position as editor and Editorial Director at ELLE Denmark.

Malou Wedel Bruun holds a Master in Danish, Rhetoric and Modern Culture Studies from The University of Copenhagen, and off duty she still takes time to review contemporary literature for different medias, like she did for ELLE Denmark.


Beatrice Perlman Ewert,
Director of Global Partnerships
Beatrice Perlman Ewert
Director of Global Partnerships

Beatrice Perlman Ewert is the Director of Global partnerships at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role she leads the work with the organisation’s partnerships: strategic and associate partners as well as sponsors for Copenhagen Fashion Summit and CFS+. She brings over 10 years of business experience from the fashion industry, from both the high street and luxury segment, of which she dedicated the last five years to sustainability.

Before joining GFA, Perlman Ewert was working as responsible for sustainability steering and development at the H&M Group and as part of its global sustainability management team. Amongst other things she was working with developing the group’s sustainability strategy and securing implementation of the same. Perlman Ewert holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics, with a major in International Economics.


Alice Roberta Taylor,
Senior Communications & PR Manager
Alice Roberta Taylor
Senior Communications & PR Manager

Alice Roberta Taylor is Senior Communications & PR Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role she works to raise awareness about Global Fashion Agenda and communicate its mission to make sustainability fashion’s first priority. She regularly engages with international media to secure publicity and manages the content creation across Global Fashion Agenda’s communications platforms and CFS+.

Driven by the belief that effective communication has the power to make a real impact and spark change, Taylor strives to convey messages that can inform and guide leaders to take action.

Taylor has a combination in-house and agency communications experience related to fashion, sustainability, media and retail. She first joined Global Fashion Agenda in 2019 as PR Manager. Prior to this, she managed the publicity for Hearst UK in London for established media brands including ELLE UK and Harper’s Bazaar UK. Most recently, she managed the PR for multiple retail and hospitality clients at Stripe Communications and also led the PR for the viral fundraising campaign Run For Heroes.

She holds an MA (Hons) in History from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Amanda Bjerva,
Communications Assistant
Amanda Bjerva
Communications Assistant

Amanda Bjerva joined the Global Fashion Agenda as a Sustainability Assistant in August 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Trondheim in Norway and is currently enrolled in a MSc in Strategic Communication at Lund University in Sweden.

Next to her studies, Bjerva has volunteered in communications teams for several student organisations, both in Norway and Sweden. She has always had a passion for sustainability and fashion, so she is excited to combine her passion with her background in communication.


Casper Strande,
Senior Production Manager
Casper Strande
Senior Production Manager

Casper Strande is Senior Production Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. He is leading the planning and execution of all production-related aspects of Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and other events delivered by the company.

Prior to joining Global Fashion Agenda in 2018, Strande worked in radio and TV, including larger productions as Radio24syv, X Factor and The Voice.

Strande holds a PB in Media Production and Management from The Danish School of Media and Journalism and a BA in Communication and Digital Media from Aalborg University.


Celestine Schwabe-Spile,
Senior Commercial Manager, Global Partnerships
Celestine Schwabe-Spile
Senior Commercial Manager, Global Partnerships

Celestine Schwabe-Spile is Senior Commercial Manager and part of the Global Partnerships team at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for sponsorships around Copenhagen Fashion Summit as well as the ticket sale.

Schwabe-Spile has a background in both the FMCG and fashion industry and comes from a position at Rambøll in London, where she worked as a Project Management Consultant for both internal and external clients in England.

Schwabe-Spile holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & Economics as well as a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Copenhagen Business School.


Christina Iskov,
Senior Programme Manager, Global Partnerships
Christina Iskov
Senior Programme Manager, Global Partnerships

Christina Iskov is Senior Programme Manager and part of the Global Partnerships team at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), where she manages the innovation team. She has oversight of several GFA programmes within the Global Partnerships function, including: Innovation Forum, Design Studio, Matchmaking and Youth Fashion Summit.

Iskov has worked in the fashion industry for several years, both for Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute. She addresses sustainability issues by working with innovative and emerging solutions covering the supply chain.

Iskov holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Commercial Law from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Design Management from the Danish Design School Kolding, where she wrote her thesis about Global Fashion Agenda’s position in the fashion industry.


Cleshawn Montague,
Digital Communications Manager
Cleshawn Montague
Digital Communications Manager

Cleshawn Montague is the Digital Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role, she oversees social media management, digital storytelling, and website maintenance. As part of the communications team, she adds firepower to our ever-growing digital presence.

Montague brings extensive marketing and content management experience from the fashion and interior design industries in Los Angeles and New York. She has worked for companies such as Bloglovin’, MTV Networks, Condé Nast, and Loomstate. She holds degrees in Linguistics and Merchandise Marketing.


Dana Schou,
Director of Development
Dana Schou
Director of Development

Dana Schou is Director of Development at Global Fashion Agenda, the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

In her role, Schou leads the organisation’s development strategy to mobilise and guide industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability. Schou has experience in collaborating with foundations, philanthropists and corporations on strategic programmes and partnerships.

Formerly a Director within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Directorate at the United Nations Children Fund, Schou spent ten years in global marketing and communications for numerous Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy (LVMH) brands. She is passionate about bringing people and organisations together to create change.

Schou sits on several non-profit boards focusing on female empowerment topics such as maternal health and microfinance. She is a speaker, facilitator, assessor and ambassador at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has lectured at ESSEC, IE Business School and University of Geneva on sustainability communications, cause marketing, gender equality and cross-sector partnerships.


Felicity Lammas,
Sustainability Assistant
Felicity Lammas
Sustainability Assistant

Felicity Lammas joined the Global Fashion Agenda as a Sustainability Assistant in August 2020 to further pursue her interests in the sustainability field. In her role, she will be supporting the new and existing Global Fashion Agenda reports and commitments including the CEO Agenda and the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment.

Lammas is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Fashion Marketing BA (Ind) at the University of Leeds, England. Prior to joining Global Fashion Agenda, Lammas completed a one-year placement at online retailer; ASOS as the Sustainable Fashion Intern working across the Product Integrity, Circular Economy and Supply Chain teams. During the summer, Lammas also interned with the Material Innovation Initiative and the Open Apparel Registry.


Gabriele Zemaityte,
Global Partnerships Assistant
Gabriele Zemaityte
Global Partnerships Assistant

Gabriele Zemaityte joined the Global Fashion Agenda as Global Partnerships Assistant in August 2020.

Zemaityte started her journey in the fashion field with her AP degree as a Fashion Designer and a BA degree in Sustainable Purchasing from Copenhagen Business and Design Academy. Following, she has worked within sales and customer services, visual merchandising and operations management in the retail industry.

Zemaityte continues her journey, as she is currently studying her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Management at Roskilde University.


Gizem Arici,
Sustainability Manager
Gizem Arici
Sustainability Manager

Gizem Arici joined Global Fashion Agenda as Sustainability Intern during Spring 2018 and is now working as Sustainability Manager where she supports the team on the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, the Pulse of the Fashion Industry and the CEO Agenda.

Arici holds a Master´s degree in Fashion Marketing and Management from the Swedish School of Textiles – University of Borås and a BSc in International Fashion Retail from Reutlingen University in Germany.


Holly Syrett,
Senior Sustainability Manager
Holly Syrett
Senior Sustainability Manager

Holly Syrett joined Global Fashion Agenda as Senior Sustainability Manager in May 2020 to mobilise and guide the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability.

In her role, she is responsible for researching, project leading and writing new and existing GFA publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda.

Syrett brings 10 years of experience working on sustainability and transparency programmes in the fashion industry for both public and professional audiences.

Syrett is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader and she holds a BA in Fashion and Branding from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. As part of the Global Shapers’ Community, she co-founded the Shaping Fashion movement that is now active in 50+ cities worldwide.


Kerry Huang,
Chief of Staff & EA
Kerry Huang
Chief of Staff & EA

Kerry Huang is Chief of Staff & EA to the CEO and COO at Global Fashion Agenda, providing support to the leadership team in executing pivotal organisational initiatives and driving special projects. As Chief of Staff, Huang is responsible for managing and coordinating cross-functional priorities in order to help Global Fashion Agenda deliver on its vision of mobilising the fashion industry to take bold action on sustainability.

Prior to joining Global Fashion Agenda, Huang was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, specialising in the Fashion & Luxury sector. She has advised clients on End-to-End Go-To-Market process development, branding, digital marketing, and e-commerce strategies across various markets in Americas, EMEA, and APAC. Since launching her first startup, a jewelry company, as a teenager, she has always been interested in understanding effective supply chain processes, exploring the mechanics of good design, and evaluating emerging solutions to address sustainability.

Huang holds a Bachelor of Economics in Finance, Statistics, and Operations & Information Management from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.


Laura Spangsberg Poulsen,
Production Coordinator
Laura Spangsberg Poulsen
Production Coordinator

Laura Spangsberg Poulsen is Production Coordinator, working with various tasks in the production of Copenhagen Fashion Summit. She started at Global Fashion Agenda in February 2019 as an intern and has now continued on as a student assistant.

Poulsen holds a Bsc in Business Administration and Project Management from Copenhagen Business School and is currently studying her Master in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership.


Maria Jæpelt Petersen,
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Maria Jæpelt Petersen
Senior Corporate Communications Manager

Maria Jæpelt Petersen is Senior Corporate Communications Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In this role, she is responsible for the development and delivery of all communication regarding the organisation’s publications and various stakeholders including Strategic Partners, sponsors and the government among others.

Petersen has worked with communications in the fashion industry since 2012, first with the Danish designer Vibe Johannsen and later at Copenhagen Fashion Week and Danish Fashion Institute.

She holds a BA in Intercultural Market Communication and a Master in Management of Creative Business Processes, both from Copenhagen Business School. She wrote her master thesis about Danish Fashion Institute’s work with sustainability.


Maria Luisa Martinez Diez,
Senior Public Affairs Manager
Maria Luisa Martinez Diez
Senior Public Affairs Manager

Maria Luisa Martinez Diez is Senior Public Affairs Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. She is responsible for managing the organisation’s policy engagement strategy and for ensuring concrete results according to its targets. Her work includes formulating policy recommendations and relationship-building with the relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

Martinez Diez holds a Masters degree in EU politics and law from Sciences Po Paris and brings over 8 years of experience in public affairs in Brussels. Most recently she was leading the agri-food department of the Brussels-based consultancy EURALIA working in the fields of circular economy and sustainability in the supply chains including the fashion and food industries.


Marie Poulsen Schmidt,
Communications Coordinator
Marie Poulsen Schmidt
Communications Coordinator

Marie Poulsen Schmidt is Communications Coordinator at Global Fashion Agenda. She manages press accreditation for Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2020 and supports the communications team on various tasks.

Schmidt has a background in fashion where she has worked as a Designer and Apparel Graphic Designer for several years.

She holds a PBA in Fashion Design from Via University College and a BSc in Business Administration and Organisational Communication from Copenhagen Business School. Schmidt is currently studying her Master’s degree in Business Administration and Organisational Communication specialising in International Business and Society.


Miriam Lo,
Innovation Forum Assistant, Global Partnerships
Miriam Lo
Innovation Forum Assistant, Global Partnerships

Miriam Lo joined Global Fashion Agenda as a student worker in the fall of 2018 focusing on various business development projects. She is a part of the innovation team within Global Partnerships, and manages the matchmaking programme.

Lo is currently studying a Bsc. in International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.


Molly Polk Hannon,
PR & Editorial Manager
Molly Polk Hannon
PR & Editorial Manager

Molly Polk Hannon is the PR & Editorial Manager at Global Fashion Agenda. In her role, Hannon oversees all of Global Fashion Agenda’s editorial content. As part of Global Fashion Agenda’s communications team, Hannon works directly with the press to secure media placement and promote Global Fashion Agenda’s efforts to guide and mobilise industry leaders to take bold and urgent action on sustainability.

Leveraging a background in journalism along with ten years of working as an editor, Hannon’s background has allowed her to develop a knack for identifying stories before they break, successfully navigate the international media landscape, and execute effective communications strategies. Her work as a writer has largely focused on the intersection between the arts and politics and has appeared in outlets such as, The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, among many others.

She holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.


Oliver Gliese,
Innovation Forum Assistant, Global Partnerships
Oliver Gliese
Innovation Forum Assistant, Global Partnerships

Oliver Gliese is Innovation Forum Assistant. He supports the Global Partnerships team with the operation of the Innovation Forum, during Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Gliese has worked in the Fashion industry for several years at the brand Ganni.

Gliese is currently studying a Bsc. in Business Administration and Project Management at Copenhagen Business School.


Sandra Gonza,
Project Manager
Sandra Gonza
Project Manager

Sandra Gonza is the project manager for the Circular Fashion Partnership at Global fashion Agenda. As part of the GFA content team, Gonza is responsible for the planning and implementation of the new circular textiles project focused on the Bangladesh fashion ecosystem.

Prior to joining Global Fashion Agenda, Gonza worked at Fair Wear addressing the labour rights violations within textile supply chains. She worked with fashion and sports brands to find innovative solutions to improve working conditions within factories. Gonza is passionate about sustainability and is keen to see brands transform the fundamental practices woven into the fabric of the fashion industry.


Tyre Loe,
Sustainability Assistant
Tyre Loe
Sustainability Assistant

Tyre Loe joined the Global Fashion Agenda team in August 2020 as a Sustainability Assistant and will support in the research and development of new Global Fashion Agenda publications, commitments and reports such as the CEO Agenda.

Loe has first-hand experience from the Danish fashion scene and after working in the industry for several years within the areas of apparel designer, sales and production, Loe decided to further pursuit her interest in sustainability. She is currently enrolled in the Master program Social Entrepreneurship and Management at Roskilde University. Furthermore, Loe holds BA degrees both in Sustainable Fashion and in Biology.


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12th October Day 1
  • 3:00 — 4:15 PM CEST
    CFS ORIGINALS

    CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.

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    #CFS+

    The significant challenges and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 led Global Fashion Agenda to revise its plan to deliver Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year. In its place, we present CFS+: a content platform to bring together our international community. But there’s much more to CFS+ than simply an online conference…

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    As Global Fashion Agenda’s patron, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, joins Eva Kruse for a personal chat on shaping the global sustainability agenda. Reflecting on the year that has been so far, they explore industry transformation and collaboration, insisting that the only future for the fashion industry is a sustainable one.

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    As an Artist, Designer and Founder of NY-based fashion brand EMME, Korina Emmerich’s colourful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe. This Real Talk gets to the heart of her values; arguing that ethics must be the forefront of our business, not just marketing and profitability.

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    In this segment, Heron Preston, Creative Director and Founder of HERON PRESTON reimagines the process of developing sustainable footwear. Watch his sport- and workwear-inspired vision for fashion combined with an inventive approach to production that’s new to both the industry and his own design practice.

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    Two of our time’s trailblazing female leaders Samata Pattinson, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress, and Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week and Founder of Style House Files, meet to discuss fashion’s influence on lifting the African continent, social justice and privilege, policy, and the broader definition of value. Together, they highlight provocative questions that lead to powerful answers and a call to action for change. This progressive and personal discussion takes place in the intimate setting of The Conduit in London, a space for people passionate about positive impact.

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    #redesigningvalue

    What do we mean when we talk about Redesigning Value? In fashion, this concept is linked to systemic processes, which many are calling to transform in 2020 and beyond, in order for the industry to become truly sustainable. We believe fashion can do better than its current track record, and further that we can find new opportunities for both a more sustainable and a more prosperous business. This explainer gets to the heart of the CFS+ headline theme – exploring value from social to sartorial while stopping at a few key points on the way – and diving into new ideas of how value can be redesigned.

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    “Why can’t fashion respect its non-negotiable planetary boundaries?” Eva speaks with Professor Kate Fletcher from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at University of the Arts London to dig deeper into Earth Logic: her approach to fashion + sustainability – which is a real strategy for Redesigning Value that firmly places planet and people first.

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    With the current linear economy devastating the fashion industry, how do we introduce a larger degree of circularity in the fashion industry? Besides causing the degradation of our natural environment, research shows that shifting to a circular economy could unlock $4.5 trillion on global economic growth. This explainer will show how you can help the fashion industry shift towards a more circular approach through connected products.

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    Jide Osifeso combines his commitment to mitigating ocean plastic with the vision of his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE, which is grounded in his interest in the study of clothing’s functional and artistic utility. Through his creative practice, Jide Osifeso demonstrates how fashion can Redesign Value through clothing.

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    Born in Nepal with no knowledge of her birthday or age, Nasreen Sheikh shares her story at CFS+. After surviving years of child slave labour in the garment industry, Nasreen Sheikh is now an Advocate for Women’s Empowerment and the Founder of Local Women’s Handicrafts in Nepal. She turns trauma into power with this Real Talk.

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    Bill Foudy leads sourcing and development for Target’s Owned Brands with a focus on delivering responsibly sourced products of high quality and value. Eva Kruse will meet the Target SVP and President (Owned Brand Sourcing and Development) for an in-depth conversation about steering through the COVID-19 crisis and how to keep innovating and delivering ‘value’ for workers and customers through challenging times.

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    Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a varied community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.

    The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda. Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.

    Join Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth for ten minutes of mindful movement, breath work and mobility. Designed to energise the CFS+ community, this session will equip you with the tools you need to integrate breathing techniques and mobility into your daily life.

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  • 4:15 — 5:50 PM CEST
    PLENARY
    Category
    #climatechange #biodiversity #circularity

    The Fashion Pact, the CEO-led coalition representing one-third of the fashion industry worldwide, shares a first update around its three pillars: climate, biodiversity and oceans.

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    #systemchange #redesign

    The industry’s current path of production and consumption, driven by short-term returns and economic growth, will not only imperil the safety and dignity of countless communities around the world, but will endanger our very existence on this planet. There is a path forward, however, and the industry must now work together to redesign its business model and rethink power dynamics to redefine what is valued and how.

    This session will explore what needs to be done.

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  • 4:15 — 6:15 PM CEST
    ROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]
    Category
    #consumption #systemchange #transparency

    The objective of this roundtable is to provide industry and European Commission representatives with the opportunity to discuss the various options envisaged for upcoming political and legislative measures on product transparency designed to ensure efficient sustainability claims at product and brand level. It is a key topic concerning the matter of trust and the importance of creating a level playing field for the apparel and footwear industry.

  • 5:55 — 6:25 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #newmaterials #redesign

    Creative Director Jide Osifeso created waste in his past through the production of concert merchandise and other clothing and accessories, but he has shifted his approach to championing sustainable methods through his contemporary menswear brand, HYMNE. This case study will dive into how Jide Osifeso solved his challenge to mitigate ocean plastic through production of a tracksuit alongside Parley for the Oceans.

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    #systemchange #redesign

    The panel discussion will surround the topic of “stakeholder” capitalism, generally, and within a fashion context. The topic will be approached from two angles: (i) investors taking a broader approach to the concept of “stakeholders”, thereby signalling a shift to look beyond shareholders, and (ii) companies pursuing strategies that elevate “purpose” in response to growing investor sentiments and COVID-19, as well as the racial injustice movement that is sweeping the world.

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    Category
    #biodiversity #circularity

    Regenerative farming can unlock positive gains for the environment, people and businesses. In this session, Kering will showcase its latest thinking and action in regenerative agriculture. Joined by the Wildlife Conservation Society the session will take a deep dive into the South Gobi Cashmere Program in Mongolia to concretely illustrate improved ecosystem management in practice. The session will also discuss the newly launched Kering for Nature Fund, which aims to transform one million hectares of existing agricultural land into one using regenerative practices.

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    #equality #transparency

    We see a gap between current sustainability efforts, where basic compliance is frequently both the floor and the ceiling for buyers, and where our industry needs to be to achieve true change – while also being successful within the planetary boundaries. This journey takes time, and we want to help textile retailers overcome some of the initial business barriers by sharing learnings from H&M Group’s journey to leading the change, along with the perspective of Tarasima Apparels, a long-term supplier partner.

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  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #circularity #newmaterials

    How do you bring fashion full circle through circular innovation at scale, without compromises? We need to take action now to create collaborative solutions for a better future.

    Learn about circularity at scale – where resources are not wasted, materials that would otherwise be discarded are reused, and air and water are not polluted. Join to find out about Eastman Naia™ Renew, a new solution for circularity, sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics.

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    Category
    #climatechange #impactfree

    GANNI took part in an SDG Accelerator programme launched by UNDP and aiming to accelerate business solutions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our ambition was to create a 100% impact free collection. We took a holistic approach, working across departments. This resulted in an internal sprint process that generated information sharing across all ends of the business and accelerated our use of sustainable fabrics (organic, certified and recycled) across seasons from just 4% in July 2019 to 52,5% in August 2020, completely reinventing our way of creating a responsible supply chain from within.

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    #systemchange #transparency

    As a platform Zalando wants to create industry alignment through the adoption and acceleration of a global standard for sustainability performance to provide customers with clear and transparent sustainability information. The Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM), developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), enables apparel industry brands to compare social and environmental sustainability performance. Together, they drive collective impact and develop a common language for sustainability standards in the fashion industry.

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    #equality #systemchange

    CEO James Bartle, Professor Kevin Bales and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey explore and evaluate the workings and outcomes of an impact-led business with positive human and ecological transformation at its core. The potential for industry change and how policy makers can create a better framework to facilitate this change will also be addressed.

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13th October Day 2
  • 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST
    CFS Originals

    CFS Originals are pre-produced segments created by Global Fashion Agenda; they will take you behind the scenes, where you can meet the creative minds shaping our industry. CFS Originals is designed to provide entertainment, engagement, and education for all viewers.

    Click below to add the full 3:00 - 4:15 PM CEST Originals segment to your calendar, and scroll down to learn about each segment of CFS Originals.

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    Gucci President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, is one of our industry’s leaders driving change. Having launched the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge late last year, he’s making bold commitments for Gucci - and leading by example with Gucci's own climate strategy. Eva Kruse will virtually meet Marco Bizzarri for an honest conversation about value, nature, tackling the climate crisis in the wake of COVID-19 and what’s needed next.

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    Fashion is fun, fabulous and fancy, but did you know that fashion is also closely linked to biodiversity? This explainer explores the substantial negative impact that the fashion industry has had on the total variety of life on Earth, known as biodiversity. From there, it goes one step further by explaining how fashion can evolve from being part of the problem to being part of the solution – by highlighting different solutions.

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    Together with her Co-Founder Amrit Kumar, Mriga Kapadiya is the Co-Founder, Creative Director and CEO of NORBLACK NORWHITE, a women-led, creative house and fashion label based in India. Systematic transformation drives Mriga Kapadiya’s Real Talk message, which celebrates the grey space of culture through style by shifting corporate success to a holistic approach.

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    High volume fashion and planetary boundaries collide in an important conversation, framed by the theme Redesigning Value, from two different stakeholder positions; Helena Helmersson, CEO of H&M Group, meets Professor Johan Rockström, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. This intimate and in-depth discussion takes place in Helena’s summer house in the Swedish forest.

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    Can the idea of equal partnerships change the industry mindset and advance collective progress? This explainer digs deeper into two different types of supply chain partnerships: Transactional vs. Relationship based. Watch and learn what it takes for the industry to shape a common future stitched solidly together with trust and equal partnerships.

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    Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Ltd. and Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) will be representing the voice, culture and experience of millions of garment makers and factory owners during the pandemic. Mostafiz Uddin is meeting Eva Kruse in this essential discussion about equal partnerships and how to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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    As one of the strongest voices on the need for equal partnerships in the value chain, Delman Lee, President and Chief Technology Officer of TAL Apparel Limited joins Eva Kruse for a conversation on what needs to change in the relationship between buyers and manufacturers to accelerate sustainability. This discussion will also go deeper into understanding how to forge better and more mutually rewarding partnerships.

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    As her namesake brand Ahluwalia, which is known for exploring vintage and deadstock clothing, Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s circularity challenge drives this segment. Watch her incorporate stunning design elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots with ground-breaking new labelling tech.

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    Clare Farrell is a full-time Activist and Campaigner based in London and one of the Founders of Extinction Rebellion. Leadership, honesty and ancestry of planet Earth are all featured topics here, while a devotion to personal liberty drives this Real Talk through power imbalance and climate collapse.

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    Under the headline theme of Redesigning Value, we’ve invited a diverse community of global fashion leaders to share their insight, experience and pioneering perspective. All 62 carefully selected voices from around the world are given the same set of questions for thoughtful responses.

    The Next Gen Voices format, presented by Pandora, gathers a varied collection of thoughts and viewpoints from a selected group of previous Youth Fashion Summit participants. The Youth Fashion Summit is an international sustainability platform for fashion students, founded in 2012 by Global Fashion Agenda.

    Every year, this growing community convenes to generate ideas and demands to the industry, and here within Next Gen Voices, the same spirit remains from a selection of passionate young leaders.

    Take a deep breath and find your center with Nike Master Trainer Branden Collinsworth as he leads the CFS+ community through a guided meditation, crafted to provide a moment of reflection and intention-setting.

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  • 4:15 - 5:50 PM CEST
    PLENARY
    Category
    #climatechange

    Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company launched the Fashion on Climate report, concluding that if the fashion industry continues on its current path, it will miss the 2030 emissions reduction targets by 50%, thus generating twice the volume of carbon emissions required to reach the Paris Agreement.

    The Fashion on Climate report provides the underlying foundation for discussing this topic, and the panel will offer dynamic interaction, demystifying numbers and terminology while encouraging an open, organic exchange between participants.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption

    The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored that the fashion industry system is broken – with overproduction, excessive discounting and an unsustainable calendar ill-suited to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How can key players within the system collaborate to re-imagine how the industry can operate within planetary boundaries and be more inclusive and humane?

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  • 4:15 – 6:15 PM CEST
    ROUNDTABLE [BY INVITATION ONLY]
    Category
    #redesign #equality

    The German EU Presidency has informally expressed a wish for “a smart mix of voluntary and mandatory measures and a smart mix of governmental and entrepreneurial measures” in the harmonisation of due diligence standards in the EU. The European Commission is also drafting a legislative proposal, with a draft report ongoing at the European Parliament level.

    This roundtable aims to better understand these wishes and to provide initial input from the industry to EU institutions.

  • 5:55 – 6:25 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS I - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND
    Category
    #newmaterials #redesign

    Tap into how the creation of a 100% 3D printed sneaker was conceived and made possible despite limitations posed by the pandemic – through a cross-border collaborative effort from Creative Director Heron Preston (New York), Designer Daniel Bailey (London) and Engineer Cornelius Schmitt (Hamburg).

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    Category
    #systemchange #redesign

    How can the fashion sector grow out of growth and transition to a world of LESS? The authors of Earth Logic, Professors Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham, talk to three leaders of change: an ecological economist, an entrepreneur and a journalist to get to the crux of LESS, including its economic implications, worker impacts and shifting behaviours.

    Join us in a game-changing exploration of Earth Logic, which examines why less is needed, how it can be done and who can do it.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    The COVID-19 Garment Industry Call to Action is a set of shared commitments by actors across the sector to address the crisis created by the pandemic. The commitments define priorities that include speeding access to emergency financing for both workers and employers and establishing stronger health and social protections to contribute to a more resilient industry in the future.

    During this deep dive case study, we will discuss the achievements of the effort to date, as well as the challenges ahead.

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    Category
    #equality #systemchange

    COVID-19 has had an immeasurable impact on the fashion industry. With the quick shift to remote engagement, including corporate offices moving to remote work and factory audits taking place offsite – what are the implications for the future of work? How is the resulting explosion of digitalisation driving sustainability improvement across the value chain?

    Join Li & Fung, Fung Group and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to explore the pandemic’s impact on work and hear how Li & Fung is unlocking opportunities for improved sustainability via digitalisation.

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  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM CEST
    BREAKOUTS II - CHOOSE ONE BELOW TO ATTEND ONE
    Category
    #circularity #transparency

    Ahluwalia is known for exploring vintage and dead stock clothing, taking elements from the Creative Director’s dual Indian-Nigeran heritage and London roots. Priya Ahluwalia’s understanding of the industry’s difficulties within circularity drives her challenge on how to enable circular systems.

    This case study unlocks the vision behind her challenge, together with in-depth knowledge around how tech can enable circularity, presented by Michael Colarossi, VP of Innovation, Product Line Management and Sustainability at leading material science and innovation company Avery Dennison.

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    Category
    #systemchange #consumption #transparency

    The Higg Index is designed to enable transparency. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have been working with brands and retailers on consumer-facing transparency pilots to understand how consumers react to sustainability performance data on a product level. Consumers report that they are interested in sustainability information on products, but they do not yet use the data to drive their purchasing behaviours.

    This session will discuss the future of Higg transparency and the learnings from testing it, as well as showcasing some examples.

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    Category
    #climatechange #equality

    The case study will not only outline Timberland’s 2030 vision but also share insights into how the brand arrived at the bold goals that will drive its agenda for the next decade: from consumer insights and strategic frameworks, to supply chain partnerships and materials innovations and all the challenges faced along the way.

    Through this case study, Timberland hopes to inspire other brands and companies to pursue meaningful sustainability targets and work collectively towards a greener future.

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