U.N. ‘Texpertise’ Event Looks at Fashion’s Sustainable Development Goals

At a special event held at the United Nations last week, the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships invited more than 100 guests from media, business, politics and various associations to learn about the organizations’ efforts to adopt and implement the Sustainable Development Goals into the fashion and textiles industries. Its joint mission aims to communicate the importance of sustainable development to the fashion industry’s diverse international audience by integrating the SDGs into more than 50 leading international textile trade fairs worldwide — that means more than 22,000 companies, and over half-a-million trade visitors annually, Messe Frankfurt explained. The 17 SDGs — inclusive of goals such as eradicating poverty, promoting good health and well-being, reducing inequality and combatting climate change — have inspired the private sector and other stakeholders to prioritize sustainable development, resulting in fashion brands, retailers and participants throughout the supply chain taking action to embrace sustainability, in all its facets, and espouse corporate responsibility. Referred to as the “Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development,” the goals are part of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Detlef Braun, member of the Executive Board at Messe Frankfurt. Courtesy of Rich Dodge

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