A better and more sustainable future for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Adopted by United Nations Member States in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The Decade of Action, launched by the UN Secretary-General at the beginning of 2020, right before the pandemic crisis, calls for all national and local governments, civil society organizations and the private sector to accelerate sustainable solutions to the world’s major challenges from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap.

Discover the SDGs - To Power the Decade of Action delivers a virtual experience to advance knowledge and strengthen engagement from the global fashion industry to further support the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. As this year marks a critical period to advance a shared vision, Discover the SDGs online exhibit will feature informational tools about each of the Goals and fashion sector focused on-demand discussions with industry leaders, United Nations representatives and advocates, exploring the intersection of the SDGs and fashion business including climate action, gender equality, industry innovation, digitisation, life of land and responsible production and consumption.

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.

What to expect

  • Speaker Auditorium

    Watch on-demand remarks, panels and fireside discussions from United Nations key representatives and advocates, leading fashion industry figures and sustainability experts.

  • Business Insight

    Learn how to implement practical actions to shift business models towards a more sustainable economy to address the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental issues.

  • Exhibition Hall

    Browse interactive digital booths to learn about each of the Sustainable Development Goals with useful facts, figures, infographics, videos and artwork.

  • Digital Briefcase

    Save and download documents, reports and information about the Sustainable Development Goals from United Nations agencies, initiatives, and industry leaders.

Collective action for People and Planet

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, co-creates high-visibility global fashion event partnerships to advance the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The campaign was established in 2019 to inspire innovative ideas, connect industry leaders, enable new partnerships, and enact sustainable change. Through advocacy, education, and partnership development; the Conscious Fashion Campaign supports solutions for sustainable innovation in the Decade of Action. The Conscious Fashion Campaign and Network partners collectively represent over $4.7 billion revenue and 14,700 employees, 800 annual events in 40 countries attracting 11.9 million attendees and 136,000 exhibiting businesses.

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.

“The new reality demanded we all radically rethink and reset every aspect of the fashion system, and are resilient and innovative in the way we address the urgent climate change and pollution related impacts of our industry.”

Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council for Fashion Designers of America

Speakers

Murtaza Ahmed

Director
Artistic Milliner

Eva von Alvensleben

Executive Director and Secretary General
The Fashion Pact

KERRY BANNIGAN

Founder
Conscious Fashion Campaign

Stephanie Benedetto

CEO & Co-Founder
Queen of Raw

Amy Blyth

Director, Program Development and Partnerships, Apparel and Home Goods
Fair Trade USA

DETLEF BRAUN

CEO
Messe Frankfurt

LUCIE BRIGHAM

Chief of Office
United Nations Office for Partnerships

Tricia Carey

Director Global Business Development Apparel
Lenzing

Rachel Cernansky

Sustainability Editor
Vogue Business / Conde Nast

Emily Chan

Sustainability Editor
Vogue Global Network

Jimmy Christopher

Group Sustainability Officer
ITL

Marsha Cooke

Senior Vice President Impact
Vice Media

Maria Cornejo

Founder and Creative Director
Zero + Maria Cornejo

Dominic-Madori Davis

Reporter - Executive Lifestyle
Business Insider

Jad Finck

Vice President, Innovation & Sustainability
Allbirds

Jordana Guimaraes

Co-Founder
Fashinnovation Inc.

Gabriela Hearst

Designer & Founder
Gabriela Hearst

Nikhil Hirdaramani

Director
Hirdaramani Apparel

Annemarie Hou

Acting Executive Director
United Nations Office for Partnerships

Robert van de Kerkhof

Chief Commercial Officer
Lenzing Group

Sophia Kianni

Founder and Executive Director
Climate Cardinals

Sara Sozzani Maino

Deputy Director Vogue Italia - Head of Vogue Talents - International Brand Ambassador Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

Steven Kolb

CEO
CFDA

Nicolas Llinas

Project Leader
BCG

Jill Martin Wrenn

Business reporter
BBC

KIRSTY MCGREGOR

Editor
Drapers

Leonie Meier

Consultant
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / Food and Agriculture Organization

Gertjan Meijer

Chief Commercial Officer
Arch & Hook

Tracey Meyers

Senior Business Reporter, Strategic Content Development
Women's Wear Daily

Anyango Mpinga

Creative Director, Anyango Mpinga and and Founder
Free As A Human Foundation

Adrian Nyman

Former VP Creative Director Global Retail
Nike

ANDREW OLAH

Founder, Kingpins Show & Transformers Foundation

Esther Pan Sloane

Head - Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Tracy Reese

Founder, Creative Director
Hope for Flowers

Caroline Rush

Chief Executive
British Fashion Council

Chrissy Rutherford

Influncer/Consultant
2BG Consulting

Thimo Schwenzfeier

Show Director Neonyt and Director Marketing-Communications
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Samantha Sims

VP, Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship
PVH Corp.

Fiona Sinclair Scott

Global Editor, CNN Style
CNN

Aldijana Sisic

Chief
UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Thea Speechley

Founder & CEO
Raw Assembly

Nadja Swarovski

Member of the Swarovski Executive Board and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation
Swarovski

Lotta Tahtinen

Chief of Outreach and Partnerships Branch
UN DESA Division for SDGs

Hillary Taymour

Creative Director
Collina Strada

Sedef UNCU AKI

Director of Sales, Marketing, R&D and Product Development
ORTA

Geraldine Vallejo

Sustainability Programme Director
Kering

Noshua Watson

Founder
Interwoven

Sarah Willersdorf

Managing Director and Partner, Global Head of Luxury
BCG

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu

Sectors Engagement in Climate Action, Lead
UN Climate Change

Sessions


SPECIAL MESSAGE

Moderator: Eva von Alvensleben

Executive Director & Secretary General, The Fashion Pact

TRANSFORMING THE FASHION INDUSTRY FOR THE DECADE OF ACTION

Focusing on the responsibilities and the role the fashion industry plays in ushering in the Decade of Action, this discussion will explore the transformational innovations required of the industry as it contributes toward the deliverance of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Moderator: Rachel Cernansky

Sustainability Editor, Vogue Business

Annemarie Hou

Executive Director a.i., United Nations Office for Partnerships

Nadja Swarovski

Member, Swarovski Executive Board and Chairperson, Swarovski Foundation

Anyango Mpinga

Creative Director, Anyango Mpinga and Founder, Free As A Human Foundation

EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW - FASHION INDUSTRY CHARTER FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Completed in 2018, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action highlights industry-wide commitments toward reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. This discussion will provide a detailed look at the specific goals of the Charter-- including a decarbonization pathway, GHG emission reduction, and policy engagement-- as well as insights into current industry progress being made in relation to these goals.

Moderator: Marsha Cooke

Senior Vice President Impact, Vice Media Group

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu

Sectors Engagement in Climate Action, Lead, UN Climate Change

Sophia Kianni

Member, United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisor on Climate Change

Geraldine Vallejo

Sustainability Programme Director, Kering

ROUNDTABLE SUSTAINABILITY BY DESIGN: RETHINKING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Through our conversation with various industry leaders we’ll be discussing how New York Fashion Week, and fashion events alike, can design and implement responsible marketing, operation, and logistics that are mindful of social, economic, and environmental impact.

Introduction remarks: Steven Kolb

CEO, CFDA

Special message: Nicolas Llinas-Carrizosa

Project Lead, Boston Consulting Group

Moderator: Lucie Brigham

Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships

Sarah Willersdorf

Managing Director and Partner, Global Head of Luxury, Boston Consulting Group

Tracy Reese

Founder, Creative Director, Hope for Flowers

Gabriela Hearst

Designer & Founder, Gabriela Hearst

Maria Cornejo

Founder and Creative Director, Zero + Maria Cornejo

Hillary Taymour

Creative Director, Collina Strada

GENDER EQUITY - THE NEW FASHION ERA

As one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality in all industries is a key focus of the upcoming Decade of Action. This panel will analyze gender equity within the fashion, apparel, and textile sector, as well as provide an outlook for how it can be achieved going forward.

Moderator: Jill Martin Wrenn

Business Reporter, BBC

Aldijana Sisic

Chief, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Murtaza Ahmed

Owner/Managing Director, Artistic Milliners

Amy Blyth, Director

Program Development and Partnerships, Apparel and Home Goods, Fair Trade USA

FASHION MEETS APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY AND DIGITISATION

At the convergence of scientific and digital innovations, this conversation will explore the role the fashion and textile industries play in advancing meaningful and creative solutions within an increasingly digital world. Additionally, this panel will seek to discuss how the industries can work towards more immediate sustainability while also not compromising on long-term goals.

Moderator: Tracey Meyers

Senior Business Reporter, WWD

Detlef Braun

CEO, Messe Frankfurt

Kerry Bannigan

Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign

Thimo Schwezfeier

Show Director Neonyt and Director Marketing-Communications, Messe Frankfurt

Robert van de Kerkhov

Chief Commercial Officer, Lenzing

CULTIVATING ENVIRONMENTAL + ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

Far too often environmental and economic sustainability have been used as idealistic buzzwords rather than comprehensive plans of action. During this panel, we’ll be engaging key industry leaders to offer their perspectives on how we can cultivate true, long-term sustainability that delivers real results.

Moderator: Fiona Sinclair Scott

Global Editor, CNN Style

Esther Pan Sloane

Head - Partnerships, Policy, and Communications Unit, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Noshua Watson, Founder, Interwoven

Jimmy Christopher, Group Sustainability Officer, ITL

Jimmy Christopher

Group Sustainability Officer, ITL

INNOVATIVE BY NATURE

With its global reach, the fashion industry plays an essential role in driving the success of the Sustainable Development Goals particularly around environmental issues. However, this can only be achieved with industry innovations that can support this mission. With this in mind, this discussion will take a deeper look into how the sector can foster such innovations in support of sustainability.

Moderator: Leonie Meier

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / Food and Agriculture Organization

Tricia Carey

Director of Global Business Development Apparel, Lenzing

Jad Finck

Vice President, Innovation & Sustainability, Allbirds

Samantha Sims

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship, PVH Corp

COLLABORATION TO DRIVE POSITIVE FASHION

Joined by representatives from key industry stakeholders, we’ll be discussing how collaboration amongst partners can be used as a tool to drive sustainability within the fashion, apparel, and textile sector.

Moderator: Emily Chan

Sustainability Editor, Vogue Global Network

Lotta Tahtinen

Chief of Outreach and Partnerships Branch, UN DESA Division for SDGs

Caroline Rush

Chief Executive, British Fashion Council

Nikhil Hirdaramani

Director, Hirdaramani Apparel

THE FUTURE OF WORK IS NOW – VIEWS FROM THE FASHION INDUSTRY

The world of work is changing. Digitalisation and globalisation have sparked significant shifts in how we live and work. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated these changes beyond anything we could have imagined. Join us as we discuss possibilities for where the future of work may be headed amidst these changing times.

Moderator: Dominic-Madori Davis

Reporter - Executive Lifestyle, Business Insider

Sedef Uncu Aki

Director of Sales, Marketing, R&D and Product Development, ORTA

Stephanie Benedetto

CEO & Co-Founder, Queen of Raw

Chrissy Rutherford

Influencer + Brand Consultant, 2BG Consulting

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL

With COVID-19 having brought significant disruption to our global community, we have been presented with the opportunity to recover better together for the long term. With an emphasis on sustainability, this panel will work to identify current challenges and opportunities within the industry and discuss how to best build a better future for all.

Moderator: Moderator: Lucie Brigham

Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships

Sara Maino

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia & Head of Vogue Talents

Gertjan Meijer

Chief Commercial Officer, Arch and Hook

Adrian Nyman

Former VP Creative Director Global Retail, Nike

CONSCIOUS FASHION POWERING THE DECADE OF ACTION

With this year 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 us as we discuss how to leverage global connection in support of sector education and SDG advancement.

Moderator: Kirsty McGregor

Editor, Drapers

Andrew Olah

Founder, Kingpins Show + Transformers Foundation

Thea Speechley

Founder & CEO, Raw Assembly

Jordana Guimaraes

Co-Founder, Fashinnovation

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