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Fashion students to spark corporate action

Youth Fashion Summit and UN Global Compact join forces to challenge fashion's future leaders
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Fashion students to spark corporate action

The organisers of the leading student sustainability event, the Youth Fashion Summit, has launched a partnership with the United Nations Global Compact.

The partnership takes the form of a two-year student programme, which sets out to challenge the 100 most talented students in the fashion industry to create a framework for the industry on how to reach two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely SDG 3 and SDG 5.

Aligning fashion with the SDGs

The two-year sustainability programme, put together by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with the Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, will challenge the students to specifically dive into SDG 3, ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, and SDG 5, ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.

The extracurricular programme is organised around webinars providing the students with different approaches and tools, as well as practical examples, and all participants will receive reading lists and preliminary assignments.

‘I am very excited to see what comes out of the student challenge for SDG 3 and SDG 5. The potential of the fashion industry – as trendsetters, employers and through their sourcing and manufacturing processes – is tremendous when it comes to promoting health and well-being and empowering women and girls. I really hope the students will challenge us to think in new and bold ways of how fashion can contribute to these interconnected themes.’

CEO and executive director of the UN Global Compact

A voice on a global stage

The students’ work will culminate at the Youth Fashion Summit, where they will work for days to write up several future scenarios and demands based on the SDGs.

Their demands will then be presented for key decision-makers at the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, on 16 May 2018.

In 2019, the same 100 students will be invited back to transform their demands into corporate action in collaboration with international fashion companies, and help to align the companies’ sustainability goals with broader societal aims.

Registration is open

It is now possible for students wishing to participate in the Youth Fashion Summit 2018-2019 programme to submit their application at or by writing to The application deadline is 15 January.

Timeline for the Youth Fashion Summit 2018-2019:

15 January 2018: Application deadline
01 February 2018: Student selection
March-May 2018: Online preparation and pre-assignment
13-15 May 2018: Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen
15-16 May 2018: Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Copenhagen
2018-2019: Collaboration with fashion companies
May 2019: Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen

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