Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, second only to oil in terms of its environmental impact. 25% of chemicals produced worldwide are used for textiles and the industry is
often noted as the number 2 polluter of clean water - after agriculture. The textile industry is the third largest industry in the world, and production of clothes for the growing world population
requires huge amounts of energy and water as well as the use of toxic chemicals.
Along with major industry players like H&M, Gucci, PPR Group, and the UnitedNations Global Compact it is
the aim of the Danish Fashion Institute
to use the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum as a platform for an increased focus on the environmental, climate and social
issues within the global fashion industry and show how the industry can contribute with solutions.
The official event on June 18 includes presentations from key industry stakeholders such as:
Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building
Rossella Ravagli, Head of Sustainability, Gucci
Katharine Hamnett, Designer
Summer Rayne Oakes, Co-‐founder, Source4Style
Holly Dublin, Director and Special Advisor, Sustainability, PPR
Dov Brachfeld, Global Environmental Sustainability Controller, H&M
Fleming Voetmann, Director, Novozymes
Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
The session will be facilitated by Connie
Nielsen, actress, and Co-‐Founder and President
of the Human Needs Project.