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Opening Night 2020

Groups Align to Bring More Sustainability to the Textile Industry

unopNEW YORK – Recently at the United Nations headquarters, three organizations came together to lay out their vision for a more sustainable textiles industry. The partners include the Texpertise Network of trade show giant Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) provided insights into their future cooperation.

Together, they will collaborate in furthering the implementation of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the fashion and textile industry.

The Executive Director of UNOP, Robert Skinner, highlighted the importance of global engagement in the private sector and other stakeholders for achieving the SDGs.

Detlef Braun, a member of the executive board at Messe Frankfurt noted that as sustainability has grown in importance for the global textile industry, Messe Frankfurt has been accompanying this development with its worldwide textile events under the umbrella of the Texpertise Network for more than ten years.

"Therefore, it is a logical conclusion that the Sustainable Development Goals should be integrated into our worldwide textile events to generate acute awareness of the importance of sustainability in the textile industry," he said.

The goals will be presented at the more than 50 textile events organized by Messe Frankfurt at venues around the world. Current planning includes interactive information stands, presentations, discussion forums, fair tours and the integration of special activities in the trade fair program.

Kerry Bannigan, the founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, said that through its global event partners, the organization will integrate education, advocacy and ultimately, engagement while also seeking to implement sustainable and circular event operations and logistics.

Heimtextil, the largest global trade fair for home and contract textiles, was the next stop on the tour to present the Sustainable Development Goals. Lucie Brigham, chief of office for the UNOP was invited as a guest speaker during the opening press conference on Jan. 7. Moreover, the goals were presented and discussed at an interactive stand in the Green Village and were integrated into the Green Directory for the first time. For the past 10 years, the index has listed sustainably producing companies at Heimtextil. In 2020, the Green Directory will comprise a record of 262 entries. Panel discussions will also be held in the Green Village.

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