CFDA

What is it?
  • CFDA sustainability resources is an open-access resource and information specific to fashion design and sustainable business strategies.


  • Focus on sustainability initiatives that centralize resources, stakeholder contacts, useful tools, relevant information, and case study spotlights from certification to assessment strategies.


  • Developed by CFDA, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. It is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962, whose membership consists of 477 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers.

Platform overview
  • Sustainability A-Z Resource Directory is a continuously expanding resource hub that connects fashion designers, companies, and students with more than 200 certifications, leading NGOs, metrics, and must-read reports.


  • CFDA Guide to Sustainable Strategies takes the complex idea of sustainability and simplifies it into digestible resources and actions available to all.


  • Sustainable Strategies Toolkit helps to visualize the mapping and framing of sustainability priorities.


  • CFDA A-Z Materials Index provides an A-Z directory of more than 40 materials focused on fiber knowledge with descriptions.


  • KPI Design Kit is the outcome of education and industry collaboration that helps designers create clear KPIs based on nine topics within the CFDA Guide to Sustainable Strategies.

Relevance
  • Covers encyclopedic initiatives with 16 topics that include design and business operations using pillars of environmental, social, cultural, and economic.


  • Target Group: Educators, students, professionals, designers, and anyone in our community interested in learning more about sustainability and sourcing relevant contacts

How it connects to the Pillars
  • Environmental: All, Materials

  • Economic: Business Case

  • Social: Philanthropy & civic engagement

  • Cultural: Slow fashion

Activity proposals
  • Framing Sustainable Change in a Company