The fifth edition of the world’s most important event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, will take place on 11 May, 2017 at Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017 will present a line-up of high level speakers, including the CEO of Tiffany & Co. Michael Kowalski, The New York Times chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, circular economy authority Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of Eco Age Ltd. Livia Firth, fashion designer Prabal Gerung, CEO of Hugo Boss Mark Langer and sustainability leader William McDonough. The 2017 Summit will be hosted by Amber Valletta, model and entrepreneur, and Tyler Brule, editor-in-chief of Monocle.
This year’s overarching theme for the Summit is “Commitment to change”. One of the expected outcomes of the 2017 Summit is the signing of a concrete call to action forwarded by Global Fashion Agenda to create a unified effort among fashion brands and retailers in accelerating the fashion industry’s transition to a circular system.
Since the first Industrial Revolution the textile industry’s linear business model (take, make, waste) has eroded natural capital in pursuit of economic capital. The fashion industry has the opportunity, and arguably an obligation, to lead the transition to a new circular system that restores and regenerates materials – moving from doing less harm to doing more good.
This year, we will also see the launch of the first-ever edition of the groundbreaking pulse of the Fashion Industry report, which has been developed in collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and its knowledge partner.
A high-level commitment based on the yearly topical focus will be presented at the Summit along with a toolbox making it achievable by the vast majority of Summit participants and a broad range of companies globally. Progress on the commitments will be tracked and reported back at the Summit to ensure that change is made.
The 2017 Summit will emphasize the need for commitments from participants and will provide more solutions and tangible outcomes. The program will include more conversations and panel debates where leading voices and innovative minds will share their views on businesses and new solutions to the pressing challenges facing the fashion industry.