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Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network Launches to Engage Creative Sectors in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19 Response and Recovery

By Emily Peagram 19 May 2021

Industry advocates including Lenzing, Swarovski, Mara Hoffman Renewed and Red Carpet Green Dress share commitments to drive industry change

The year 2020 marked the beginning of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015, the Goals serve as a blueprint for a shared global vision addressing the world’s greatest challenges - from eliminating poverty, hunger and inequalities to reversing climate change and unsustainable consumption and production practices.

Given its global reach, the fashion and lifestyle industries are uniquely positioned to collaborate and engage on the Goals, especially as they confront the climate crisis and ensure a resilient post-pandemic recovery. It is crucial that systemic change is given precedence across the value chain. The Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network has been launched for industry stakeholders, governments and NGOs to share sustainable solutions and report progress, thereby accelerating the sector’s contribution to delivering the Goals.

The collaborative community of practice aims to drive innovation, connect industry leaders, facilitate new partnerships and enact sustainable change. Network partners are offered insights from think tanks, access to speaking opportunities and invitations to future events. Current partnerships include: Fashion4Development, Lenzing, Mara Hoffman Renewed, Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network, Queen of Raw, Red Carpet Green Dress, Redress and Swarovski Waterschool.

The virtual network is an evolution of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, an initiative mobilizing industry stakeholders in support of the Goals. The Campaign, led by social entrepreneur Kerry Bannigan, partnered with a coalition of leading voices in the fashion industry. Collectively, these actors host over 800 annual events in 40 countries, welcoming 12.2 million industry attendees and 136,000 fashion, textile and lifestyle businesses.

Kerry Bannigan shared: “To accelerate industry change through advocacy and education, the Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network offers an action-oriented platform that fuels stakeholders’ innovative solutions for more equitable and resilient societies.”

The Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships.

Annemarie Hou, Acting Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships, commented, “The Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network offers an opportunity to cultivate an innovative and essential community of practice to help deliver sustainable change in the Decade of Action.”

Registered initiatives will be published and will showcase how the fashion and lifestyle sectors are driving change towards the delivery of the SDGs.

Register: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/FashionNetwork or https://www.sdgfashion.org/ #SDGFashion

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