Backstage at Stella McCartney RTW Spring 2019

LONDON — Designers and brands are coming together to address climate change with the launch of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, formed as part of the U.N. Climate Change initiative.

More than 40 brands across luxury, the high street, retailers and supplier organizations are taking part in order to look at fashion’s impact on environmental change across the supply chain and identify opportunities to reduce emissions and promote sustainability.

Among the key signatories are Stella McCartney, who also has launched a charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness around sustainability issues; the Kering Group; Hugo Boss, and Burberry.

“Climate change is undoubtedly one of, if not the biggest, challenges of our lifetime,” McCartney said. “I want to call on my peers in the business — from other brands to retailers and suppliers — to sign up to this charter now and take the necessary actions to address the reality of the issue of climate change in their business and value chains. Collectively we have a voice and the capacity to make a difference.”

Participating brands and retailers are committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, through initiatives such as phasing out all sources of coal-fired heat.

“Achieving a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the entire global fashion industry by 2030 will require innovation and collaboration. By working together with other signatories of the charter, we believe that we can achieve systemic change and build a more sustainable future,” said Burberry chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti.

Earlier this year, Burberry revealed plans to go fur-free and to stop burning excess stock.

Other signatories include high-street giants H&M Group, Inditex, Gap Inc. and Guess, as well as activewear labels Salomon, Peak Performance and Puma.

“We are aware that more than 90 percent of Puma’s carbon footprint is being generated in shared supply chains. If we want to reduce carbon emissions in our supply chains, we need to work together with our industry peers,” added Puma ceo Bjørn Gulden.

The charter, which is open to all fashion stakeholders, will be aligned with the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement in 2015 and will address issues such as the use of sustainable materials, educating the consumer, working alongside policymakers and the opportunity of circular business models.

As of early 2019, all signatories will take part in various working groups addressing different aspects of the issue and collaborating to identify solutions.