The voice of the next generation

THE 2016

Having grown up with greater awareness of environmental issues than any generation, today's youth represent the single best hope for the implementation of sustainable practices in fashion and the wider society. During Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the more than 100 students from across the globe who took part in this year's Youth Fashion Summit will present their ideas.

On 25 September 2015, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will dictate the global development agenda until 2030. The Youth Fashion Summit, held in the two days prior to Copenhagen Fashion Summit, explored how the SDGs can represent opportunities for companies to align their own sustainability goals with broader societal aims.

Organised by Danish Fashion Institute and the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in collaboration with other leading Danish design schools, the Youth Fashion Summit invited more than 100 students from around the world to showcase industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to the SDGs. A finalised framework for the fashion industry was launched at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016.

  • A voice in the industry

    The Youth Fashion Summit was originally initiated to give the next generation a voice and an opportunity to influence the decisions that will be made today, but whose effect will mostly be felt tomorrow. As a part of the world's largest and most important conferences on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, students are given easy access to CEOs, top designers, politicians and decision makers.

  • Power of network

    Bringing talented young people from all over the world together shows that the real strength comes from the power of networking. The participants come with different experiences, qualifications and cultural backgrounds and when they leave Copenhagen they have formed and fused a network that will be powerful enough to change the world of fashion.


    Prior to the summit, participating students attended seven webinars with various themes ranging from new business models and systemic thinking to CSR communication and slow fashion, enlightening them about various aspects of sustainability – and unsustainability – in the industry.