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Sustainability is one of the pillars of CNMI’s strategy and an issue on which it has been active for years, also through its participation in a Work Group whose members include Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Loro Piana, Moncler, OTB, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Valentino.

Its commitment began at the beginning of 2012 with the publication of the “Manifesto of sustainability for Italian fashion”, which set forth a 10-point plan for responsible and sustainable fashion. This was followed by the publication of “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requisites for clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories” in February 2016, a document produced in collaboration with Sistema Moda Italia, Altagamma, Federchimica, Associazione Tessile e Salute and Unic.

The Sustainability Work Group is currently drafting guidelines on the use of chemical substances in production processes and has been engaged for some time on the study of other basic issues such as raw materials sourcing, supply chain control (also through the sharing of audits) and social and environmental responsibility. New guidelines for a more sustainable retail sector in terms of bioclimatic design and architectural performance characteristics are nearing publication.

The objective is to implement this roadmap by the end of 2020, thus achieving full actuation of the “Manifesto of sustainability for Italian fashion”.

Since 2016, CNMI has also been on the Economic Development Ministry’s Fashion and Accessories Committee, along with all the other key organisations and associations in the fashion sector. Said Com-mittee has set up a special work group on sustainability which is chaired by CNMI and Sistema Moda Italia.

CNMI is carrying forward massive communication, education and training initiatives across the entire industry to ensure that sustainability becomes an integral part of the world’s perception of Italy and Italian fashion. As part of this strategy, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia is designed to relaunch the brand Made in Italy and its commitment to ethics and sustainability.