Fashion Declares! brings together brands, retailers, designers, and other professionals to champion sustainable practices, reduce the environmental footprint of fashion, and bring about a fairer industry for all. We run inspiring in-person events, and trainings and webinars for all within the industry, and campaign for positive action and change.
Our vision? A world where fashion thrives in harmony with our planet and the producers within its supply chains. It’s more than a movement; it’s a commitment to transforming and renewing the fashion industry, from the bottom up.
Our Five Goals
1. Speaking Out for Urgent Action
We call for urgent action in the fashion industry to galvanise industry-wide debate on tackling the climate, ecological and social crisis.
Voluntary agreements are not sufficient to address this current crisis. We call fashion leaders to speak out publicly in support of laws and mandatory, enforceable agreements to hold companies to account, regionally, nationally and internationally, in line with recognised and science-based standards (such as SBTi, UNGPs, SDGs, etc.)
To support this we promote and share best practices to drive change at speed and scale.
2. Decarbonisation, Restoration of Ecosystems & Biodiversity
The fashion industry must reach net-zero carbon by 2030 through rapid emissions reduction, with minimal use of off-setting. We call for radical cuts in the industry’s use of energy, water and toxic chemicals.
We call for a shift to low-impact materials, stopping use of virgin synthetic fibres and adopting recyclable, biodegradable materials. We promote the principles of Regenerative Organic Agriculture, favouring small-scale farmers, radically improving soil health, restoration of ecosystems, biodiversity and carbon drawdown. These materials should be independently recognised or certified.
In line with the circular economy, we call for product longevity and promoting resale, rental and repair, to extend the useful life of existing items reducing the need for virgin resources. We also call for the recycling and reuse of existing synthetic fibres.
3. Social Justice & The Just Transition
We demand that the fashion industry treats all workers fairly and with dignity. We speak out for workers’ rights, a living income, freedom of association, gender equality, and challenge systemic racism and other forms of abusive power.
We advocate for adherence to existing best-practice frameworks to protect workers within the supply chain, for example; Fair Wear, WFTO, and the Modern Slavery Act. We call for new enforceable, auditable agreements and legislation.
We call for direct and long-term partnerships with suppliers to invest in the supply chain, community and climate resilience. Suppliers are partners in the transformation and must be active in decision-making. We advocate for low-carbon production, craft-based and circular livelihoods at fair wages, towards a Just Transition.
4. Radical Transparency & Corporate Governance
We call for standardised, industry-wide methodology and measurement criteria, underpinned by a common language and consistent reporting of social and environmental impacts.
Companies must have transparent supply chains and deliver full public disclosure of all tiers. Companies must take responsibility for human rights due diligence, ensure living incomes for workers, the right to unionisation, D&I and fair taxation. All stakeholders are important to this process, not only shareholders.
We call for board-level engagement and role-modelling, with all business decisions being assessed based on their climate, ecological and social impacts, to put people and planet alongside profit.
5. The Regenerative Fashion Model
With pressure from citizens, employees, investors and the inescapable reality of the climate crisis, brands must acknowledge that the existing economic model, based on infinite growth is broken. We call for all fashion companies to take rapid action to manage their operations within planetary boundaries, transforming their business models to be fair for all.
Fashion can become a positive force for good. The Fashion Declares community shares best practice and expertise to restore ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, whilst empowering communities, democracy and health.
Join Our Community
Join our mailing list to stay up to date with developments in the industry, and to get advance notice about our online and in-person events and trainings. We know you’re busy so we keep our mailings relevant and promise we won’t flood your inbox!
When you sign up you will also get the report from the first Regenerative Fashion Conference which we held at Conway Hall in September 2023.
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Fashion Declares! was launched in 2022 with an OPEN LETTER calling for radical change of the fashion industry in the climate, ecological and social crisis. Founding signatories included Safia Minney MBE, Tom Berry (Farfetch), Christine Golay (Pangaia), Debbie Luffman(Finnisterre, ThinkCircular, Hubub), Baroness Lola Young (House of Lords, UK) and many other leading figures in the industry. You can read the letter and see all the signatories here.
Ways to Support Us
If you share our vision for a just and sustainable fashion industry you can get involved and help in various ways.
1. Join our Mailing list to stay informed about developments in the industry, and forthcoming events, and courses.
2. Volunteer: we are often looking for people to help us promote Fashion Declares and work on the Fashion Declares team, which is run by volunteers., helping you gain experience, learn and build your network.
3. Support us through Patreon and get perks such as early and/or free access to events and resources.