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Will trade shows become tomorrow’s hubs where approved sustainable fashion can be found?

A newly announced agreement involving Berlin Fashion Week (BFW) and Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) could definitely show this new direction confirming a trend also embraced by Kingpins Shows in accepting only manufacturers complying with ESG commitment.

The two shows have just announced a new partnership to roll out the Sustainability Requirements at Berlin Fashion Week. 

The Sustainability Requirements were introduced by CPHFW in close collaboration with their Knowledge Partners In Futurum and Dansk Fashion & Textile in January 2020. Since then, such requirements used to admit exhibitors to their event have been updated until March 2024 to reflect industry developments and changes in the EU policy landscape, as the framework represents an essential part of CPHFW’s sustainability strategy aimed to drive change in the fashion industry.

By joining this alliance, Fashion Council Germany, as coordinator of the BFW schedule, is committing to making the Minimum Standards a mandatory criterion for brands participanting to the shows at Berlin Fashion Week.

Joining forces, the parties align their efforts to accelerate the industry’s sustainability actions across the Nordic and German fashion markets. This decision has been funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises and executed by Fashion Council Germany in cooperation with Studio MM04, hoping it can lead BFW to become a responsible fashion platform. 

By implementing the Sustainability Requirements framework developed by CPHFW, Fashion Council Germany, as coordinator of the BFW schedule, commits to making the Minimum Standards a mandatory criterion for shows at Berlin Fashion Week.

Joining forces, the parties align their efforts to accelerate the industry’s sustainability actions across the Nordic and German fashion markets. “By implementing the Sustainability Requirements, Berlin will become one of the leading international locations for a responsible and innovative fashion industry,” said Michael Biel, Germany’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs.

“With the financial support of €180,000 until 2025, we are once again investing in Berlin’s future as a pioneer in sustainability. Through sustainable practices such as upcycling and the use of recycled materials, social and ecological responsibility go hand in hand with fashion Made in Berlin and Germany. With these standards, Berlin will set an example in comparison with other global fashion metropolises,” Biel added.

“We are proud to announce this partnership with Copenhagen Fashion Week. This collaboration presents a significant opportunity to leverage our combined expertise and resources, fostering innovation and encouraging brands to meet the evolving demands of society and the industry,” said Scott Lipinski, CEO, Fashion Council Germany. 

“It’s a big milestone for us to see the Sustainability Requirements gain global recognition and we hope it will inspire more actors to collaborations,” commented Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.

The partnership includes the implementation of the Sustainability Requirements framework to approximately 35 brands participating in the official standard of Berlin Fashion Week show schedule, where the Minimum Standards will be established as a mandatory criterion.

The implementation will see a phase of onboarding and piloting before coming into effect fully by February 2026. 

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