amfori backs Fashion Industry Charter Communique on Climate Action

11-12-2019
 
As a signatory to the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, amfori participated in the COP25 event organised to present the Charter and launch a Communique inviting Governments to collaborate with business on climate action.  
 
The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an industry-led and driven initiative, is guided by its mission to “drive the fashion industry to net-zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions no later than 2050 in line with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees”.  To fulfill this mission, signatories are building on existing solutions and initiatives to accelerate progress and identifying mechanisms to scale technical transformation within value chains.
 
The Communique called for governments to provide businesses and financial institutions with predictable, transparent and motivating planning contexts for renewable energy investment.
 
Beyond presenting the Charter and its Communique, the event also highlighted the important role of cross-sector collaboration in increasing climate ambition and effective action within the fashion industry and beyond and focused on the critical role played by policy environments in accelerating climate action in both fashion production and consumption countries.
 
Several key figures including amfori members from the fashion industry have voiced their reflections on the Communique and Charter: 
 
  • Víctor del Pozo, Chief Executive Officer, El Corte Inglés stated, “At El Corte Inglés we are fully aware of the huge climate challenge the fashion industry is facing. As a committed retailer, we want to be part of the solution through sustainable innovation and systemic collaboration, driving the industry to become carbon neutral. We endorse therefore the work and communique of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and its ambitious targets.”
  • Bjørn Gulden, Chief Executive Officer, PUMA SE said, “The Communique is an important step to support our supply chain partners and subsidiaries on their journey to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. To hit our ambitious Climate Targets, renewable energy must be made widely available in countries in which PUMA manufactures and distributes its products.”  
 
amfori supports these statements and also believes the Charter provides a unique opportunity for businesses to engage with other stakeholders to address one of the greatest challenges of our time – climate change.