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YNAP, Zalando and About You join forces on new climate action initiative

Jeremy Lim
20 July 2022

YOOX NET-A-PORTER, Zalando and About You are teaming up to launch a "bespoke learning platform to support their brand partners in setting climate targets aligned with science".

In a "unique industry collaboration", the three retailers will aim to reduce carbon emissions within their value chains and across the fashion industry through an online learning platform.

The customised programme will be available to the retailers' brand partners at no cost and is designed to explain the value and process behind setting climate targets. It will provide step-by step learning on how to unlock the journey of measuring emissions, set ambitious targets that align with climate science, and submit them for approval to the Science Based Targets initiative.

It will also provide a dedicated space for fashion brands to engage with one another and with sustainability experts.

The initiative, which is antitrust-compliant and run in collaboration with Quantis, a leading environmental sustainability consultancy with climate expertise, will be launched as a pilot with selected brand partners in Autumn 2022.

It will become available to all eligible brand partners in 2023.

Looking forward, the three online retailers see potential for the platform to become an industry-wide initiative open to all interested fashion brands and retailers committed to ambitious climate action and creating a more sustainable future for fashion.

Geoffroy Lefebvre, CEO at YOOX Net-a-Porter said: "Our commitment to climate action can only be realised through innovative partnership. This next step prioritises investing in brand partners at different stages in their climate journeys, supporting them to set their science-based targets.

"By collaborating with About You and Zalando, together we can drive a more consistent approach in our efforts towards reducing the emissions of luxury and fashion."

David Schneider, Co-CEO at Zalando added: "Decarbonising supply chains in partnership with suppliers, brands, logistics, packaging partners and now also our competitors is a powerful lever for driving meaningful change in the fashion industry. We aim for 90% of our partners (by emissions) to set science-based targets by 2025, and the new learning platform is a key initiative towards realising this ambitious goal."

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