June 29, 2018
We are excited to announce our latest efforts to create more sustainable product across all our brands. With a distinct focus on our sustainability practices, we have partnered with three best-in-class organizations to continue to transform our manufacturing and supply processes.
Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), Fashion for Good (FFG) and Ellen MacArthur Foundation Make Fashion Circular Initiative, work diligently to look beyond traditional, linear manufacturing processes. In our efforts to establish a more circular model, these organizations utilize circular economy principles to aid the transition of a more sustainable fashion industry.
As a company, we recognize our role in moving the apparel industry in a positive direction. We see opportunities to reduce waste and pollution out of our source-to-store cycle through collaboration and partnerships and will set circularity targets across all of our businesses.
Our mission, along with these organizations, is to create change across the entire value chain, focusing on initiatives and business models that will have the greatest potential to transform our industry.
"These three organizations are all focused on innovation, collaboration and system change, which is the foundation of our corporate responsibility strategy at PVH,” says Melanie Steiner, Chief Risk Officer, PVH Corp. “We are excited to work with other leading companies, innovators and stakeholders to support the move to a truly sustainable industry."
Global Fashion Agenda (GFA)
GFA is a non-profit initiative founded in 2016 with the goal of setting a common agenda for focused industry efforts on sustainability in fashion. Tommy Hilfiger was PVH’s first business to sign the GFA 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, which it did in 2017; the Commitment has now been signed by PVH on behalf of all its businesses.
As a signatory, PVH and its businesses are making a pledge to set specific targets to be accomplished by 2020 and report on progress annually. The pledge itself addresses four areas: designing for circularity, increasing the volume of used garments collected, increasing the volume of used garments resold, and increasing garments made from recycled post-consumer textile fibers. GFA will support PVH in achieving its commitment through knowledge-sharing activities, policy engagement and industry alignment.
Fashion for Good (FFG)
FFG is a global platform for sustainable innovation, providing promising start-ups needed access to the funding and expertise required to drive a scalable shift to more sustainable production methods. The FFG Innovation Hub works both to accelerate early stage companies, as well as to provide bespoke support to companies further along the path toward sustainability who are looking to achieve scale. FFG also acts as an advocate for change, creating open-source resources, such as a co-working space and the Fashion for Good Experience to join the collective movement to make fashion a force for good.
PVH will join Fashion for Good as a principal partner, which will include helping to drive systemic change in the fashion industry, access to the Fashion for Good Experience and a board seat. PVH will play a leading role in setting FFG’s innovation agenda, defining focus areas, participating in the selection of new innovators, and providing expertise and mentorship to circular apparel startups.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular Initiative
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has been focused since its founding in 2010 on working with businesses, government and academia to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular Initiative, which launched in 2017, brings together stakeholders in the fashion industry to adopt a circular vision that reimagines the current take-make-dispose model. The goal of the initiative is to establish a new fashion system based on three circular economy principles: business models that keep clothes in use, materials that are renewable and safe, and solutions that transform used clothes into new clothes.
As a core partner and member of the initiative’s Advisory Board, PVH will collaborate with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to address issues that lead to preventable pollution and waste in the industry, and deliver solutions to meet the changing global demands and societal expectations.