45th summit of the G7 – “Fashion Pact”

From Saturday 24 to Monday, August 26, the leaders of seven major world powers (France, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Canada) will meet in Biarritz, on the Basque side, for the 45th summit of the G7.

François-Henri Pinault Emmanuel Macron Fashion Pact G7 Biarritz 2019
François-Henri Pinault Emmanuel Macron Fashion Pact G7 Biarritz 2019

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 11:15

Élysée commissioned François-Henri Pinault , Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group ( Gucci , Saint Laurent , Balenciaga …) in April 2019, to mobilize the fashion and luxury industry and discuss ecological problems our planet is facing today (1 500 billion euros of annual turnover).

Today Friday August 23, 2019, 32 companies in the fashion sector, representing about 150 brands, announced the signing of an environmental pact, called “Fashion Pact”. The text, signed by

• ADIDAS
• BESTSELLER
• BURBERRY
• CAPRI HOLDINGS LIMITED
• CARREFOUR
• CHANEL
• ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
• EVERYBODY & EVERYONE
• FASHION3
• FUNG GROUP
• GALERIES LAFAYETTE
• GAP Inc.
• GIORGIO ARMANI
• H&M GROUP
• HERMES
• INDITEX
• KARL LAGERFELD
• KERING
• LA REDOUTE
• MATCHESFASHION.COM
• MONCLER
• NIKE
• NORDSTROM
• PRADA GROUP
• PUMA
• PVH Corp.
• RALPH LAUREN
• RUYI
• SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
• SELFRIDGES GROUP
• STELLA MCCARTNEY
• TAPESTRY

LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior) publicly REFUSED to participate and sign “Fashion Pact”.

Pact will be presented to the heads of state. G7 country this Monday.

“FASHION PACT” G7 BIARRITZ 2019 DOWNLOAD HERE

“The global challenges we are facing are complex. They know no borders. Only coalitions can overcome them, bringing together Governments, businesses and civil societies”, said François-Henri Pinault.

François-Henri Pinault G7 Fashion Pact Biarritz 2019
François-Henri Pinault G7 Fashion Pact Biarritz 2019

“22.5% – almost a quarter – of the world’s pesticides, are used for our clothes, for example for the cotton fields,” alarm Brown Poirson, French Secretary of State to the Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition , in the program “Télématin” this Friday, August 23rd. “It’s good to make these commitments in the G7. François-Henri Pinault will present to the heads of state the commitments of 30% of the fashion sector: it is colossal”.

The signatories of the “Fashion Pact” thus undertake “to direct (the) companies towards actions compatible with the 1.5 ° C trajectory of global warming, via a just transition to achieve zero net CO2 emissions by 2050”. Three fields of action are identifiable in this text: “mitigating climate change and adapting to it”, “bending the curve of loss of biodiversity within 10 years” and protecting the oceans. Some objectives are quantified in this pact: a desire to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030 “throughout the supply chain” or “eliminate disposable plastic in 2030”.

François-Henri Pinault G7 Fashion Pact Biarritz 2019
François-Henri Pinault G7 Fashion Pact Biarritz 2019

We all hope that François-Henri Pinault also has a solution for recycling tons of polyester materials which will be used to produced clothes instead of cotton without polluting our planet even more than pesticide.