Every year, some of the world’s most influential leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the EU and European Commission come together for the G7 Summit. Now in its 45th year, the group discussions are aimed at tackling domestic and international priorities including strengthening the middle class and gender equality but on the agenda for 2019 is climate change.
Held over three days, this particular event will be monumental as 20 fashion retailers also join the conversation in a bid to fight climate change and promote biodiversity. It is no secret that the fast-fashion industry is one of the biggest environmental polluters – according to reports, textile waste has increased by 811 percent since the ’60s and this year, protesters are planning to take to London Fashion Week to try and scrap the event – so it will be interesting to witness what happens in three days time.
Notable attendees include the owner of Gucci, Kering, H&M and Zara’s parent company, Inditex – the world’s third-largest apparel company. It is the next step Inidtex has taken after it announced that the company would introduce 100 percent sustainable fabrics into its collections by 2025 and develop eco-efficient stores. But as the global crisis escalates at a rapid pace, will it be too late?
Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming G7 Summit.