The first SDG Report of the Messe Frankfurt Texpertis Networks summarizes its global commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of its global textile trade fairs and provides an outlook on further planned measures and goals. At the same time, the SDG Report serves as an incentive for the Texpertise Network to continue its commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt Exihition GmbH, Frankfurt/Germany, unites current topics, trends, events around the textile business and connects more than 500,000 people from all over the world. With more than 50 international textile trade fairs in 11 countries, Messe Frankfurt is the global market leader for textile trade fairs. Texpertise covers the entire textile value chain.
Messe Frankfurt has been strategically integrating sustainability into its textile events worldwide for around 15 years now, using topic-specific formats and content, and is thus a pioneer of its kind. Together with the United Nations Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network, a joint initiative between the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Fashion Impact Fund, Messe Frankfurt's Texpertise Network has also been promoting the visualization of the Sustainable Development Goals at its events since 2019.
With its SDG actions in 8 countries, the Texpertise Network has already reached more than 21,000 exhibitors, around 508,000 trade visitors and more than 945,000 followers on social media worldwide by 2023.
At a meeting in New York City, Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, presented the newly released Texpertise SDG Report to Kerry Bannigan, Executive Director, Fashion Impact Fund & Co-Founder, United Nations Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network, and Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Partnerships and Co-Founder United Nations Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network.