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Advocacy Groups Lay Out Demands for Fashion at UN Climate Summit

Labour and climate groups are pushing to make the fashion industry a bigger part of the conversation at the UN’s annual climate summit.
Activists lift placards and chant slogans calling on the world's biggest CO2 emitters to fill the 'Loss and Damage' fund supporting the adaptation and development of countries most vulnerable to climate change, at the COP28 United Nations climate talks in Dubai on December 4, 2023.
Activists protest at the UN's COP 28 climate summit in Dubai. (Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)

Big fashion brands must be more transparent about their environmental impact and how they plan to reduce it, according to a list of demands published by advocacy groups including Fashion Revolution and Stand.earth during the UN’s annual COP climate summit Monday.

The call reflects efforts by labour and climate groups to draw more scrutiny to an industry that has often been overlooked in the context of global climate discussions, despite its significant manufacturing ties to many of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries.

The demands include calls for policymakers to hold the industry accountable for environmental and labour abuses and incentivise more responsible practices. Brands for their part must provide more information about how and where their products are made and how they plan to deliver on climate commitments, the groups said.

Campaigners Eco-Age and Action Speaks Louder and denim manufacturing group Transformers Foundation also backed the call for action.

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