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Zalando and Net-a-Porter expand climate change initiative

Zalando, Yoox Net-a-Porter and German ecommerce giant About You have unveiled plans to expand their joint sustainability platform, the Fashion Leap For Climate.

The scheme, which was launched last July, supports fashion brands in setting sustainability targets that align with climate science and helps measure carbon footprints.

However following a successful period, the fashion giants are inviting 250 of their brand partners to take part in the initiative.

Brand partners of the three ecommerce giants reported a boost in confidence, with an 85% rise in their understanding of science-based targets after completing the programme.

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As a result, all participating brand partners reported they would recommend the programme.

Some 91% added that they valued the collaboration opportunities of the platform, such as exchanging ideas with peers.

“At Yoox Net-A-Porter we are committed to ambitious goals to lower our impact on the environment. Our brand partners are the most sought-after in luxury fashion and we take pride in supporting them to navigate this complex topic and reduce our collective carbon footprint,” Yoox Net-a-Porter interim CEO Alison Loehnis said.

“Following promising results from Fashion Leap For Climate’s first year, we are thrilled to be launching year two in partnership with About You and Zalando. This initiative represents the potential of industry-wide collaboration, harnessing a shared ambition to create a more sustainable future for fashion.”

According to the companies, the programme forms a “critical part” of their respective climate journeys, with each working to support a reduction in their brand partners’ emissions to achieve their own Scope 3 targets.

Zalando co-CEO David Schneider added: “At Zalando, we are committed to bringing together different stakeholders in the industry to collectively tackle challenges. We believe this is crucial to drive positive impact across the industry.

“Since launching this initiative last July, it is very encouraging to see that the first of our partner brands have completed the learning journey and how it has improved their confidence in taking steps towards climate action.”

He concluded: “We strongly believe that such partnerships are the driving force of progress and that only through working together a long-lasting impact is possible.”

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