Youth Fashion Summit students returned to transform demands into action.

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

In connection with Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 80 students from world-leading design and business schools returned to the Youth Fashion Summit to challenge the established industry with critical solutions on how to move forward, based on their demands from last year. Youth Fashion Summit is a sustainability program put together by Global Fashion Agenda and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, which for a two-year period has been in a unique collaboration with United Nations Global Compact and Pandora.

An educational platform, Youth Fashion Summit connects young industry talents from around the world, not only to learn from each other and more established professionals, but to enact real change. It gives them the opportunity to influence the decisions made today that impact the world of tomorrow, communicating the voice of the next generation.

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Aligning fashion with the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2018 the students addressed a variety of angles on how best to align the fashion industry with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs were adopted in 2015 and aim to guide the global development agenda until 2030, with support from the United Nations General Assembly's 193 members. SDGs address targets within social and environmental aspects of sustainability, from gender equality and poverty reduction to responsible consumption and climate action.

Supporting the next generation

Throughout the program the students have taken part in webinars providing them with different approaches, tools, practical examples, reading lists and preliminary assignments. Prior to Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018, the students gathered in a three-day workshop to work on their recommendations to the industry. The work was presented at the Summit to inspire the decision makers and industry leaders present.

Transforming words into action

The same students have been invited back this year to transform their demands from last year into industry action. Students will engage in a case competition that will particularly focus on SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Working in collaboration with Pandora, students will dive deep into the jewellery supply chain and deliver a guiding principles document on how the industry can drive gender equality across operations and society. The main insights and recommendations will be presented at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019.

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Participating students represent schools from around the world

Aalborg University

AMD Akademie Mode & Design

Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Babson College Banasthali Vidyapith

California College of the Arts

Central Saint Martins

Chelsea College of Arts Copenhagen Business School Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

Cornell University Design School Kolding ESCP Europe ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion Estonian Academy of Arts Ghent University Hamburg University of Applied Sciences HEC Montreal Johns Hopkins University King's College London London College of Fashion London School of Economics and Political Science Lund University Maastricht University Malmö University Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester Fashion Institute Milano Fashion Institute

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

OCAD University Parsons School of Design Pearl Academy of Fashion

Reutlingen University Roskilde University Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University Savannah College of Art and Design,

Hong Kong Saxion University of Applied Sciences SDA Bocconi School of Management Solent University Southampton St. Augustine University of Tanzania Superior School of Advertising and Marketing, Brazil Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås Tel Aviv University Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas University of Calgary University of Exeter Business School University of Glasgow University of Lapland University of Leeds University of Southern Denmark University of Texas at Austin VIA University College Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design