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Innovation Forum

With an extensive and growing environmental and social footprint across the globe, there is an urgent need to accelerate the decision-making process on sustainability in the fashion industry. Global Fashion Summit: Copenhagen Edition 2022 once again presented the Innovation Forum, a curated exhibition area, which featured some of the world’s most promising sustainable solutions.

In addition to solutions being presented in the exhibition area, matchmaking and guided tours connected Innovation Forum exhibitors with representatives from fashion brands looking for sustainable solutions across the value chain.

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Kno Global is a HR solution for factories, to reduce labour turnover costs saving $1000s a year, and demonstrate commitments to responsible manufacturing. 

Kno Global’s approach starts by building community with factory workers. Once workers feel heard, we convert real-time data into actionable targets for factory managers to improve upon. This helps keep workers satisfied and more willing to stay at the factory for longer, so the factory can reduce turnover costs and boost productivity. 

KNO is used by brands like Amazon, Target, Decathlon and Orange, to track human sustainability risks across their supply chain. KNO’s vision is to humanise the supply chain and reach 50m workers globally.

Our Founder and CEO Marianne started the business as a regular consumer moved by a Bangladesh factory collapse, and resulted in her moving to China to work in a factory. 

Read more about Kno Global here.

Better Work – a collaboration between the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group – is a comprehensive programme bringing together all levels of the garment industry to improve working conditions and respect of labour rights for workers, and boost the competitiveness of apparel businesses.

Currently, the programme is active in 1,700 factories employing more than 2.4 million workers in nine countries.  As well as advising factories, Better Work collaborates with governments to improve labour laws, and with brands to ensure progress is sustained. We also advise unions on how to give workers a greater say in their lives, and work with donors to help achieve their broader development goals.

Our vision is a global garment industry that lifts millions of people out of poverty by providing decent work, empowering women, driving business competitiveness and promoting inclusive economic growth.

Read more about Better Work here.

Compreli, a pioneer in garment repair and restoration. 

A circular business model, that transform discarded garments from the production process and turns them into shippable products, allowing manufacturers to realise full export value instead of scrap value, whilst reducing the chances of post-industrial textile waste reaching an incinerator or landfill. 

We give garments a new life. Every day we work with 300+ top tier garment manufacturers around the world who understand the severity of the clothing waste epidemic and have adopted our apparel restoration program turning damaged garments into A grade shippable garments. Our specialists repair 4 garments every minute and have saved 7 million garments, thus far equivalent to saving 14,000 mt of CO2, 7 billion gallons of water and 7,000 mt of waste. 

Waste isn’t waste until we waste it….

Read more about Compreli here.

Noyon Lanka was knitted into existence in 2004 when the then Noyon Calais France, a pioneer and industry expert in knitted and leavers lace joined forces with MAS Holdings, the largest apparel manufacturer in South Asia. With technological advancements and the use of hi-tech machinery like Jaquardtronic, Textronic, and Rascheltronic, our competitive edge lies in manufacturing lace with some of the finest techniques available in the industry. 

This year, we were able to unlock Planetones owing to our unwavering commitment towards sustainability and the responsible use of chemicals. Planetones, a 100% natural dye solution for lace, is the first of its kind to receive the Eco Dye Standard certification from the Control Union. The development of the natural dye solution is a part of our overall commitment towards sustainability, which is further fortified through our existing suite of eco-offerings, such as biodegradable and recycled material, including material made using recycled (PET) bottles.

Read more about Planetones by Noyon Lanka here.

The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Organised by Redress, the programme works to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques in order to drive growth towards a circular fashion system.

By putting sustainable design talent in the global spotlight, the Redress Design Award creates a unique platform for passionate and talented fashion game-changers to transform the global fashion industry and rewards the best with career-changing prizes to maximise long-term impact.

Read more about Redress here.

The ID Factory is a supply chain traceability platform (SaaS) that, through the creation of a digital ID, allows fashion companies to gain end-to-end transparency over their global supply chain.

We digitize operations like quality control, compliance, extended procurement and traceability through a dynamic database integrated with any management system. A digital product passport enabled by a physical and digital traceability at scale.

Brands such as Geox, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Tamaris, s.Oliver and more than 600 supply chain stakeholders in 22 countries worldwide embraced full transparency thanks to The ID Factory’ solution.

Because Transparency doesn’t need trust.

The ID Factory is a Benefit Company and a B Corp.

Read more about The ID Factory here.

Starting in October 2020, the Circular Fashion Partnership in Bangladesh has sought to explore and establish infrastructures for capturing and valorising textile waste domestically. Together with BGMEA and technology partner, Reverse Resources, Global Fashion Agenda facilitated circular commercial collaborations between fashion brands, manufacturers and recyclers to enable and incentivise segregation and digital tracing of post-industrial textile waste to recycling solutions.

Global Circular Fashion Forum (GCFF) is a global initiative to spur local action in additional textile manufacturing countries to accelerate and scale recycling of post-industrial textile waste. Global Fashion Agenda partnered with GIZ in a bid to initiate the programme in Cambodia and Vietnam primarily in 2023 and plans to scale further in other textile focused countries.

Read more about the Circular Fashion Partnership here.