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Field Notes: NGOs Unite as Sustainability Surges

Sustainability has made headway during the coronavirus pandemic as brands — and shoppers — have swiftly reassessed their priorities. And that’s why the newly launched Fashion Conveners have united to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the fashion industry. The Fashion Conveners, a global coalition of fashion forward NGOs, was “spurred by the vulnerabilities the global pandemic brought forward,” and includes: Apparel Impact Institute (AII); Fashion for Good (FFG); Global Fashion Agenda (GFA); Fashion Makes Change (FMC); Responsible Business Coalition at Fordham University (RBC); Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC); Textile Exchange (TE); Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, and ZDHC. Focused on harnessing the power of the group’s subject matter expertise, the Fashion Conveners’ collective talents and resources — that is, creativity, innovation, skills, data, research, networks and shared knowledge — will be pooled to “catalyze action with companies, brands and strategic partners, support each other’s policy efforts, and accelerate the industry’s adoption of more sustainable and ultimately regenerative practices,” the coalition said. Fashion earns nearly 3 percent of the global GDP — and the Fashion Conveners objective is to use that power for good to help secure natural resources and prioritize the safety, health and prosperity of the industry’s workforce and its communities, according to the

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