Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and EFI announce launch of joint ESG Framework for fashion and 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards

The 2022 CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards will be held in on September 25th at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. For the first time, industry members will be evaluated using a system derived from the ESG Due Diligence and Reporting Framework being jointly developed with Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI).

Last year, CNMI, a leader on sustainability issues since 2011, proudly announced their partnership with EFI a programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, on the creation of the first ESG Due Diligence and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting Framework for the fashion industry. Now, ahead of the Sustainable Fashion Awards this September, candidates are being evaluated on their environmental, social, and governance performance, using the logic of the metrics set by the ESG Framework.

The Framework enables stakeholders to access a system integrating sustainability throughout the supply chain through serious processes of due diligence aimed at spotting, eliminating, and mitigating ESG risks. The creation of this preliminary ESG Framework and its present testing stage has been possible thanks to the valuable contribution of the CNMI Sustainability Working Group.

A partnership with EFI, pioneers in fashion and sustainability, and the current Secretariat of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion – a group of United Nations agencies and allied organizations who ensure fashion contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals – is reflective of the critical moment we currently face for sustainability in fashion. A change to the evaluation system of the awards will acknowledge those setting ambitious targets and taking concrete action toward them.

Simone Cipriani; Alessia Cappello; Carlo Capasa; Laura Belmond; Riccardo Vannetti (foto: Press Office)

Both organisations share the same drive and vision for sustainability, and the underlying philosophy of this joint work is straightforward: enabling humankind and the planet to have a decent future. The road map for this partnership is based upon the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Paris Agreement, as well as the restoration of 4 of the 9 planetary boundaries that humankind has already trespassed[1]. At the core of the roadmap is the need to ensure human rights are respected in all supply chains and full respect for the International Labour Organization’s fundamental principles on labour and environmental legislation.

[1] land-use, biodiversity, climate change, and bio geo-chemicals.

Simone Cipriani, Chief and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative says: “With CNMI we are pioneering sustainability in a way that’s transparent and based on a serious system of performance indicators. The industry will be ready for the upcoming EU legislation on corporate reporting with an ESG Due Diligence system that has been co-created with the industry. We are running out of time for serious action on ESG in fashion, and this is the way forward.”

“Today, more than ever, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana feels the responsibility to play its role in an institutional way and there is no higher institution than the United Nations to implement and promote sustainability in its broadest sense.”, commented Carlo Capasa, Chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. “It is the visions of the future, not those of the present, that must guide us in a process of awareness and transformation that promises to be exciting, in which, with its complexity and the values it represents, fashion can be an active sector in which it challenges the world that surrounds us and by that it plays an important role. It is in the direction of a new awareness, capable of listening to every voice, that the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards will become an annual opportunity to verify the state of the art and we are proud to collaborate closely with the Ethical Fashion Initiative”