Industry taskforces

Fashion Taskforce

The Fashion Taskforce is committed to being leaders and exemplars to the global fashion, textile and apparel sectors, working to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable future. The Fashion Taskforce will begin work on a Digital ID system designed to inform consumers of the sustainability credentials of their garments, through the development of verifiability around what can be considered as a sustainable fashion product. The group is also exploring how regenerative farming practices, across raw materials, can reverse the damage being done to the planet.

The Fashion Taskforce operates as an industry sub-group of the SMI and is chaired by Federico Marchetti, Founder of the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group. Its members are drawn from across a range of brands, platforms and retailers from all over the world, including; Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Chloé, Eon, Gabriela Hearst, Giorgio Armani, Johnstons Of Elgin, Moda Operandi, Mulberry, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, The Dubai Mall, Vestiaire Collective and Zalando.

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    Fashion Task Force

    Letter of Intent

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    The Fashion Taskforce recognises the key role that the fashion industry must play in individually and collectively driving and accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable and circular economy, through its deep engagement with suppliers and customers.

    The Fashion Taskforce has focused its attention on delivering action across two specific areas throughout 2021 and 2022, which includes:

    1. Unlocking Circularity through Digital ID

    Consumer shopping habits have changed dramatically in the last year, with an increased interest in sustainable assortments. The workstream will work towards a common definition for sustainable products and explore how protocols such as the Digital ID can unlock new services for customers while delivering circularity at scale.

    2. Regenerative Farming

    For brands, the highest environmental impact takes place at the very beginning of the supply chain, at the raw material level. A significant source of raw materials for apparel are agricultural products such as cotton, linen, wool and leather. The workstream will explore how a common approach to regenerative farming practices could represent a concrete solution not only to reduce emissions but to even reverse the climate crisis with a focus on nature-based solutions.

    Membership composition

    The Fashion Taskforce is chaired by Federico Marchetti, Founder of the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group. Its members are drawn from across the global fashion industry, including:

    Mohammed Alabbar

    Founder, Emaar Properties, Noon.com

    Thierry Andretta

    CEO, Mulberry

    Riccardo Bellini

    President and CEO, Chloé

    Maximillian Bittner

    CEO, Vestiaire Collective

    Simon Cotton

    CEO, Johnstons of Elgin

    Natasha Franck

    Founder and CEO, EON

    Marco Gobbetti

    CEO, Burberry

    Gabriela Hearst

    Founder, Gabriela Hearst

    Gabriele Maggio

    CEO, Stella McCartney

    Giuseppe Marsocci

    Deputy MD, Giorgio Armani

    Anne Pitcher

    CEO, Selfridges

    Lauren Santo Domingo

    Co-Founder, Moda Operandi

    David Schneider

    Co-CEO, Zalando

    Riccardo Stefanelli

    CEO, Brunello Cucinelli

    The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet and so if we are to tackle climate change, we need to make clothing production much more sustainable. To do this correctly, we need cross-industry collaboration that goes beyond borders and brands. That is why I am so pleased that some of the world’s top fashion businesses have joined forces to transform the industry and work to ensure our fashion choices don’t cost us the planet.

    HRH The Prince of Wales
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    HRH The Prince of Wales

    I am deeply honoured to have been asked by His Royal Highness to lead this Taskforce.  The fashion industry is an incredibly creative and economically powerful world but if it is to survive and indeed thrive in the future it has to use technology to put sustainability at the very heart of its operating models. It is what consumers are demanding and it is what the planet desperately needs.

    Federico Marchetti, Chair of the Fashion Taskforce and Founder of the YOOX Net-a-Porter Group
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    Federico Marchetti

    Further information

    For roundtable and taskforce enquiries please contact, Nick Autiello, Director, SMI Financial Services, Sustainable Markets Initiative:

    Email: n.autiello@sustainable-markets.org

    For media enquiries please contact Lotte Griffiths, Events & Communications Manager, Sustainable Markets Initiative:

    Email: l.griffiths@sustainable-markets.org