Creating consensus towards Net Zero Fashion: Public consultation underway on Apparel & Footwear Value Chain Interventions Guidance

Creating consensus towards Net Zero Fashion: Public consultation underway on Apparel & Footwear Value Chain Interventions Guidance

Written by

Dino De Francesco

VCI is launching a public consultation for the Apparel & Footwear Value Chain Interventions Guidance, the output of the Apparel and Footwear Working Group II  organised in 2023. The publication is a sector-specific addendum to the VCI Guidance 1.1 (2021), supporting the reality and complexity of Scope 3 accounting in the Apparel & Footwear sector.

The public consultation will run between January 18 and February 23, 2024.

Anyone interested in contributing their views is invited to provide feedback on the DRAFT Apparel & Footwear Value Chain Interventions Guidance. Your feedback is crucial for shaping a comprehensive and impactful guidance for the Apparel & Footwear sector. There are two ways for you to share your insights:

Option 1: Via Survey

We have prepared a structured survey aligning with the output sections of the document (see survey structure and questions here). Feel free to choose the sections and questions that you would like to address. When responding to the survey, please provide the page and line number(s) of the text your comment concerns. Access the survey here to submit your answers.

Option 2: Download and Comment

You can download the document and add your comments directly. Once you have annotated the document, send your feedback via email to info@valuechangeinitiative.com. Please ensure to title the email “Apparel and Footwear Public Consultation”.

Following the public consultation period, the VCI will review the insights and feed them into the final publication, set to be released in March 2024. This will set a common reference point for interventions in the Apparel & Footwear sector.

About the publication

The second edition of the Apparel & Footwear Working Group was hosted by VCI in 2023, concluding in November. The output was produced following a co-development approach together with technical experts and Working Group participants to explore potential solutions to the challenges faced by the Apparel & Footwear sector.

The objective of this document is to synthesise and disseminate the results of the Apparel & Footwear Working Group, providing a common reference for credible implementation, accounting, reporting, and claiming of interventions. It aims to serve as a guide for companies seeking practical pathways toward decarbonisation in the Apparel & Footwear sector and for service providers that need to design solutions accordingly. The focus of this document is on Scope 3 category 1: Purchased Goods & Services, and in particular the challenges faced by consumer-facing actors (brands) and parties involved in T1-3 and T4 interventions.

The document builds on GHG accounting and target setting international standards, such as Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and the International Standard Organisation (ISO).

Learn more about the Apparel and Footwear Working Group.