Major fashion companies to make G7 pledge to help environment

FILE PHOTO: French policemen stand guard near the Grande Plage beach ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

(This Aug. 23 story has been corrected to remove LVMH, which was not a signatory of the pact)

PARIS (Reuters) - Major fashion companies from around the world said on Friday they had signed a pact which they would present at this week’s G7 summit to help protect the environment.

The pact has been signed by 32 companies including the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Kering, Hermes, Nike, Prada and Puma.

Protecting the environment will be a leading issue at the G7, with French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres having expressed concern this week over wildfires raging through the Amazon.

The companies, whose representatives were meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, said they would aim to use methods that would protect forests and cut down on the use of plastic.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by William Maclean/Inti Landauro and David Evans