About the organisation

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI) is a network organization established by the Danish fashion industry in 2005. The purpose of DAFI is to develop, strengthen and promote Copenhagen and Denmark as a destination for responsible fashion and societal solutions. DAFI wishes to contribute to innovative solutions, to strengthen the business understanding in the Danish and global fashion industry and to market Danish fashion internationally.

DAFI is the subsidiary of the foundation Design Society, which also owns Danish Design Centre and INDEX: Design to improve life. DAFI also owns the subsidiary Copenhagen Fashion Week ApS which purpose is to develop, drive and market the biannual fashion week that is a crucial player in driving the large export of Danish fashion. Read more about Copenhagen Fashion Week here.

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

The first Copenhagen Fashion Summit was held in 2009 in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit, COP15. Ever since then Danish Fashion Institute has been driving international initiatives to strengthen the focus on sustainability and innovative solutions in a world where the environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry are threatening our current business model, while presenting an immense opportunity for smart growth.

Over the years, the need for sustainable solutions and the search for new responsible business models has become one of the most pressing topics for the €1.5 trillion fashion industry, one of the most resource and labour intensive industries in the world. Meanwhile, the need for a unified effort across categories, borders and size of businesses to ensure the sustainability of our industry has increased.

In response to this need, DAFI established Global Fashion Agenda in 2016 with a mission to mobilise the international fashion industry to transform the way we produce and consume fashion.

Global Fashion Agenda

Global Fashion Agenda is a new non-profit, year-round initiative with multiple activities and deliverables – the biggest of which is Copenhagen Fashion Summit, now a yearly event. Moreover, Global Fashion Agenda will create smaller events during the year in other markets, operating under the auspices of Danish Fashion Institute as the primary initiative and sole topical focus of an organisation enriched by a decade’s worth of experience in advancing sustainable fashion.

To realise its mission, Global Fashion Agenda aims to engage the broad fashion community in the most pressing sustainability issues and solutions and to create joint commitments to achieve significant progress. Achieving significant impact calls for collaborative action-taking. That is why Global Fashion Agenda takes a collaborative approach to curating, amplifying and tapping into the best of ongoing sustainability programmes and to supporting and pooling resources with existing leading initiatives. We see the need to combine efforts and reinforce the message of these initiatives to a wider, non-expert audience, translating often complex knowledge and tools into accessible insights for executives, creatives and policymakers alike.

Global Fashion Agenda aims to engage mainstream fashion decision-makers and provide them with guidance on sustainability. It is targeted at top-management from the entire fashion sector, not just those who are fully engaged in sustainable business practices. In this spirit, Copenhagen Fashion Summit is first and foremost a fashion event that looks at sustainability from a business perspective, providing inspiration and guidance that makes sense for executives interested in driving smart growth. It takes sustainability out of the lab and into the boardroom, influencing decision-making at a strategic and operational level.

Taking the pulse of the fashion industry

Global Fashion Agenda aims to fulfil the need for a common frame of reference on how the fashion industry is performing on sustainability, as well as a common understanding of what the largest opportunities are. The 2017 Summit sees the launch of the first-ever Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, a ground-breaking document developed in collaboration between Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting Group. The report will, for the first time ever, provide the fashion industry with a common baseline of sustainability performance and a landscape of change with actionable recommendations for fashion executives and regulators. The report, a foundational document for the work of Global Fashion Agenda, follows the conviction that the industry's current environmental, social and ethical challenges represent both threats and immense, untapped value-creation opportunities. 2017 marks the first edition, with a new publication to follow every year to track the industry’s progress.

Call to action for joint commitments

At every Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Global Fashion Agenda will propose a call to action for the industry on a targeted topic, with a focus on putting words into action. During the year Global Fashion Agenda will follow up and support the fashion industry in achieving the goals. 2017’s call to action proposes a circular fashion system, with focus on collection of garments and increased use of recycled fibres in the industry.