women social entrepreneurs transforming fashion for people and planet.
The Fashion Impact Fund supports women entrepreneurs leading educational initiatives to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition to an equitable, inclusive, and regenerative sector.
In our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, the fund mobilizes finance to advance knowledge, media and skill-based learning led by women social entrepreneurs evolving a fashion ecosystem that values people and planet.
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The Fashion Impact Fund
Today’s fashion industry is responsible for vast negative social and environmental impacts including water pollution, textile waste, exploited labor, poverty, gender inequality and climate change.
Globally, the $2.4 trillion-dollar fashion industry employs more than 300 million people along the value chain. Of the 75 million garment workers, 80% of these workers are women between the ages of 18 and 35. Additionally, the fashion industry accounts for about 10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater. It would be the world’s seventh-largest economy if ranked alongside individual countries’ GDP.
Understanding fashion’s critical role towards a sustainable future, the Fashion Impact Fund values education as an imperative tool to shift the current narrative and achieve transformational sector change.
 Ellen MacArthur Foundation  Fashion Revolution  United Nations Economic Commission for Europe  The State of Fashion 2017
Fashion Impact Fund programmes:
The Conscious Fashion Campaign, a programme of the Fashion Impact Fund in collaboration with the PVBLIC Foundation and the United Nations Office for Partnerships, spotlights women entrepreneurs in the fashion industry driving social and environmental impact by showcasing their work in billboard and digital campaigns. With women receiving only 25%* of news features globally, the campaign aims to increase media representation of women social entrepreneurs transforming fashion to scale their impact in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network is a United Nations hosted online platform for industry stakeholders, media, Governments, and UN system entities. The network showcases and enables collaborations that accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network is a joint initiative of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Division for Sustainable Development Goals - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Fashion Impact Fund. The leading entities of the network convene periodic events aligned with key meetings on the UN calendar and publish reports on the network’s achievements.