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United Nations Launches Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action: Schoeller Serves as Founding Signatory (12/10/18)
Under the auspices of UN Climate Change and in alignment with the Paris Agreement, Schoeller, along
with other leaders of the global fashion sector, has agreed to collectively address the climate impact of
the fashion industry across its entire value chain by signing the UN Charter for Climate Action.
The Charter contains the vision for the industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and the
founding signatories have committed to implementing or supporting the 16 principles and targets that
underpin the Fashion Climate Charter. Issues that will be addressed by signatories, ranging from
decarbonization of the production phase, selection of climate-friendly and sustainable materials, low-
carbon transport, and improved consumer dialogue and awareness.
The signatories are not waiting for these issues to be fully elaborated and have set an initial target to
reduce their aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. They have also defined
concrete measures, such as phasing out coal-fired boilers or other sources of coal-fired heat and
power generation in their own companies and direct suppliers from 2025.
“A focus on sustainability has been mandatory at Schoeller since serving as a founding developer of
the bluesign® system and then becoming the very first company to receive the bluesign award in
2008,” said Siegfried Winkelbeiner, Schoeller CEO. “We are proud to continue that tradition in our
150th year, as we come together with other influential partners in our industry and hope that others will
join this important pursuit.”
Other Charter signatories include adidas, Burberry, Esprit, Guess, Gap Inc. Hugo Boss, H&M Group,
Inditex, Kering Group, Levi Strauss & Co., Mammut, Puma SE, PVH Corp.,Target. The Charter, which is
open for other companies and organizations to join, recognizes the crucial role that fashion plays on
both sides of the climate equation; as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and as a sector with
multiple opportunities to reduce emissions while contributing to sustainable development.
“The fashion industry is always two steps ahead when it comes to defining world culture, so I am
pleased to see it now also leading the way in terms of climate action,” said UN Climate Change
Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. “I congratulate the signatories of this important charter, which
represents a unique commitment and collaboration from an array of fashion leaders. The Charter, like
the renowned fashion runways of the world, sets an example that I hope others will follow.”
By signing on to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, CEOs and presidents of these
organizations have confirmed their commitment to address climate change and their willingness to
step up collaboration within and beyond the fashion sector towards a cleaner, low-carbon future. The
fashion industry -- which encompasses textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear industries, from the
production of raw materials and manufacturing of garments, accessories and footwear to their
distribution and consumption — has long supply chains and energy intensive production.
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