The four organisations have documented their efforts with letters of intent clarifying their roles and commitments to cooperation in the following four areas: programmes and tools – the organisations will seek to connect complementary frameworks (like the Higg Facility Environmental Module and ZDHC’s Roadmap to Zero Programme, and the Higg Brand and Retailer Module and TE’s Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark), coordinate subject matter governance in the relevant content areas, and engage the industry together much more efficiently; impact management and funding – the organisations will seek to consolidate their efforts to benchmark impact improvements in key areas, prioritise the projects and programmes that will most accelerate impact for the value chain, directly partner in strategic fundraising in support of these efforts, and collaborate to create an annual report of results; global implementation – the organisations will seek to defragment efforts and establish global implementation as a shared industry resource, by co-investing in infrastructure, training, education, and regional access; and administration and infrastructure – the organisations will seek a substantial decrease in resource expenditure on operational matters by engaging in shared services and creating economies of scale with external service providers.
“Credit is due to the efforts through the years advocating for more effective partnerships, such as the recent work of the Fashion Conveners,” James Schaffer, managing partner, of Schaffer&Combs, the strategy consultancy designing the agreements and facilitating the endeavour, said in a press release. “These four organisations are showing a lot of courage and service to the industry today, building on the professional relationships and trust they’ve developed. The vision of a much more effective ecosystem of impact is closer to reality. We’re very excited to keep pushing and deliver on the promise of these Letters of Intent.”
“Our ultimate objective is to increase efficiency near term to accelerate our collective impact,” Frank Michel, executive director of ZDHC said. “There are some very exciting points of complementarity possible, and I think we have the right initial organisations at the table to do that.”
“Ultimately, we see this alliance as an open resource for the industry’s sustainability initiatives, a platform for long-term, efficient industry engagement. Covid is a wake-up call. We have to continually innovate to preserve our work as a core industry investment,” Lewis Perkins, president of Apparel Impact Institute, said in the release.
The organisations have also highlighted their commitment to resolve persistent barriers between areas of impact and tiers of the supply chain.
The organisations expect to release more detail about their collective efforts before year-end and will announce engagement opportunities for the industry and other stakeholders in the weeks to come.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (JL)