The Danish textile industry employs around 6,000 people in Denmark and is characterized by a few very strong brands, especially within the furniture and carpet industry. In addition, the industry consists of many small and medium-sized companies specializing in niche productions. The fashion industry primarily consists of small and medium-sized companies and employs around 10,000 people. Brands in which quality and aesthetics go hand in hand with corporate social responsibility are often found among new trend-setting companies.

Almost all companies in the Danish textile and fashion industry work closely with their foreign suppliers to implement corporate social responsibility in production. The Danish Fashion and Textile trade organization and the Danish Fashion Institute network organization have supported the companies by developing the world's first industry-specific Code of Conduct based on the principles set out in the UN Global Compact, which also recommends that this set of rules be applied by textile/fashion manufacturers around the world. The Code has been further developed by the Danish Fashion Institute to become UN Global Compact's first official sector specific initiative, adding six new fashion and textile specific principles.

In addition, many Danish companies have chosen to become certified and have their suppliers certified according to schemes such as SA8000, BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) or other internationally recognized standards.

India’s textiles sector is one of the oldest industries in Indian economy dating back several centuries. Even today, textiles sector is one of the largest contributors to India’s exports with approximately 13 per cent of total exports. The textiles industry is also labor intensive and is one of the largest employers. The textile industry has two broad segments. First, the unorganized sector consists of handloom, handicrafts and sericulture, which are operated on a small scale and through traditional tools and methods. The second is the organised sector consisting of spinning, apparel and garments segment which apply modern machinery and techniques such as economies of scale.

The textile industry employs about 45 million people directly and 20 million people indirectly. India's overall textile exports during FY 2015-16 stood at US$ 40 billion. The Indian textiles industry, currently estimated at around US$ 120 billion, is expected to reach US$ 230 billion by 2020. The Indian Textile Industry contributes approximately 2 per cent to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 10 per cent of manufacturing production and 14 per cent to overall Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

The Indian government has come up with a number of export promotion policies for the textiles sector. It has also allowed 100 per cent FDI in the Indian textiles sector under the automatic route.

  • The Danish fashion and textile industry is one of the most important pieces of the overall Danish economy. The wholesale revenue of fashion and textile is approximately 8 billion dollars.

    These years, the Danish fashion and textile industry is experiencing growth with a five percent increase in exports in the first quarter of 2017. Within the past few years, the Nordic countries, with Denmark taking the lead, have worked towards promoting a sustainable fashion and textile production model well supported by the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion, Copenhagen Fashion Summit, held by the Danish Fashion Institute in Copenhagen every year.

    Since 2008 the number of companies reporting on their corporate responsibility policies has increased, and in 2012 Denmark was ranked second in Europe in a report measuring countries’ performance in eco-innovation at a business, research and governmental level. Denmark’s fashion industry is an example to be followed by other European countries. In the past few years, small and larger brands have implemented sustainable work practices that can reduce the environment’s pollution.

    The Indian Fashion retail sector is emerging as one of the largest sectors in the economy and is currently valued at 600 billion dollars. Of this, about 90 per cent is unorganized retail and only 10 per cent is organized. A recent study stated that by 2020, India is expected to generate 100 billion dollar online retail revenue out of which 35 billion dollar will be through fashion e-commerce. Liberalization of the FDI policy in the retail sector will also provide further impetus to the entry of large international retailers, especially in the category of fashion and apparel.

  • Functional. Edgy. Timeless. Minimalistic. Quality. Danish design, whether it is furniture or clothing, is known all over the world for its clean, simple lines, great materials and classic creations that never go out of style.

    Danish design is simply made for living. In fact, Copenhagen is home to the biannual INDEX: Award, which is not only the biggest design award in the world, but probably also the most important. The importance of INDEX: Award lies in the unique, over-arching theme of Design to Improve Life – a concept which has established INDEX: Award as a global, inspirational design beacon.

    Some of the most prominent Danish designers from the mid-century period, Georg Jensen, Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen, just to name a few, all made Danish design popular on the international scale. Today’s designers, such as Louise Campbell, HAY, Normann Copenhagen, Cecilie Manz and Muuto, all draw on elements of the Danish design classics of the post-war era.

    Denmark is a design society and the Danish societal model is reflected in the way we apply design based on functionality, simplicity and user involvement. The Danish design philosophy is ideally suited for innovation across most sectors, from ICT over Cleantech to Life Sciences, with its empathic approach and ambition to make functional and beautiful objects that fit into people’s lives. Companies such as Novo Nordisk, Oticon, GN Resound and Coloplast are all using design from a human perspective to make life better for people with diabetes, hearing loss and ostomy.

    Indian design industry had humble beginnings, but it is thriving recently. Being one of the foremost countries to have adopted a National Design Policy, the design industry in India is aiming at the skies. Moving ahead at a new pace, it is now well equipped to contribute significantly in technology, business, communications, media & entertainment, etc. The potential of the design industry is immense. To meet the demands of the industry, a handful of reputed institutions are dedicated in producing quality design graduates. National schools as well as private institutions have impelled the growth of design education in India recently and create a bunch of skilled designers year after year. The quality of education has also gone up, with the curriculum focusing on the core essence of design.

    The challenges that lie ahead of us are to enhance the public sector's awareness of design, to improve public services through design; to induce usage of design in small enterprises, to promote the role of good design to the private sector; to promote design export and above all to inculcate a national design culture and its effect on the quality of life by educating the general public. We must continually discover totally new areas, where design can benefit others and where its benefits have not yet even been imagined.

  • Danish furniture industry is known for its excellent design, where form and function combine in a higher unity. Many Danish furniture companies - both manufacturers and retailers - are generally quite advanced in the process of formulating policies and implementing CSR initiatives. The furniture industry in Denmark comprises about 225 companies, which in 2011 had a total revenue of approx. DKK 12 billion. Of this revenue, more than 90 percent came from exports. The industry employs approx. 9,500 people in Denmark.

    For many years, Danish furniture manufacturers have been characterized by the ability to rapidly adapt to the market; therefore, they reacted quickly and proactively to demands regarding the use of environmentally-friendly production methods, sustainable materials and safe working conditions. Many of the companies today strive to take the utmost account of the environment, sustainability and social rights, while making CSR demands on their suppliers and other business partners.

    The Danish furniture companies that profile themselves in the areas of environment and CSR are very careful to ensure the ability to document their CSR efforts in the form of certifications and supplier declarations. Many Danish furniture companies own their production facilities abroad, particularly in the Far East. Here they are very conscious of producing under suitable conditions and typically implement Danish standards for e.g. health and safety, even though the local requirements are not as strict.

  • The Indian jewelry export market is booming with new innovative trends and ample opportunities. According to the latest statistics from India’s Department of Commerce, India exported gems & jewelry worth $43.2 billion during the fiscal year 2017, a year-over-year rise of nearly 10% over the previous fiscal year’s export figure of $39.2 billion. The newly-set export target of $60 billion by 2022 indicates that jewelry exports from India are expected to grow by 6-7% per annum over the next five years.

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