About the Partnership
A strong multi-stakeholder initiative
The Textiles Partnership brings together all relevant actors: Companies, associations, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations, trade unions and the federal government.
How we work
We place a special focus on the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Together with our members, we promote transparency in textile supply chains. Four focus topics shape the work in the Textiles Partnership and the Joint Action of its members. In addition, there are further initiative topics. Lastly, we cooperate with many European and international initiatives and organisations.
Our focus topics
With its focus topics, the Textiles Partnership makes a positive contribution to central problems of the global textile industry. These include low wages, high resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,gender-based violence and discrimination, and the lack of opportunities to report grievances in the workplace.
There is a frame of reference for each focus topic. It provides orientation in terms of content and presents the desired benchmarks and implementation steps. In addition, there are "individual commitments" of the member companies: Using standardised indicators, each member can measure progress in the focus topics individually and the Partnership can measure progress in aggregate. Lastly, the members jointly implement projects that make a measurable contribution to achieving the goals formulated in the reference framework of the respective focus topics.
Living Wages and Purchasing Practices
Circular economy and climate protection
Grievance mechanisms and remedy
Partnership initiatives and projects
Where individual actors reach their limits, members can work together to achieve better results for both people and the environment in production countries. In Partnership initiatives and joint projects, several members are directly involved in the production countries, for example for living wages, good wastewater management, effective grievance mechanisms and improvements in working conditions in Tamil Nadu in southern India.
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Aktuelles 22.11.2022 Conference report Introduction On Tuesday, 27 September 2022, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted the virtual conference “From
Das Bündnis implementiert bereits Projekte zur Zusammenarbeit mit unternehmensübergreifenden sowie zur Stärkung fabrikinterner und lokaler Beschwerdemechanismen. Ziel ist es, diese künftig gemeinsam weiterzuführen und auszuweiten. Gleichzeitig konnten wir beim Arbeitstreffen im Mai dieses Jahres weitere Best Practices, Herausforderungen und Bedarfe identifizieren. Wie genau diese im Gemeinsamen Engagement ausgestaltet werden können, möchten wir zusammen mit Ihnen erarbeiten. Weitere Infos im Members area.
Das Bündnis implementiert bereits Projekte zu Existenzsichernden Löhnen & Einkaufspraktiken wie beispielsweise das Living Wage Lab und die Learning Implementation Community on Responsible Purchasing Practices. Im Rahmen des Gemeinsamen Engagements möchten wir diese Projekte auch in Zukunft fortführen und ausweiten, aber auch neue Projekte anstoßen. Wie genau diese im Gemeinsamen Engagement ausgestaltet werden können, möchten wir zusammen mit Ihnen in einem interaktiven Workshop erarbeiten. Weitere Infos im Members area.
Die nächste Sitzung der Peer Learning Group Nachhaltige Verpackungen wird sich thematisch mit der Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung von Verpackungen befassen. Hierzu wird Herrn Sittel von der Effizienzagentur NRW einen Gastbeitrag geben. Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Members area.
Wir möchten während der MV die Gelegenheit nutzen, um mit Ihnen zu den vier Fokusthemen zu arbeiten. Es wird daher je eine Session pro Fokusthema geben. Weitere Infos im Members area.
This webinar provides an overview of the obligations under the German Supply Chain Act. The German Governments’ Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights will briefly introduce the BAFA’s catalogue of questions and how companies can fulfil their reporting obligation under the law. The participants will then be invited to ask any questions that they may have about the reporting obligation under the German Supply Chain Act. amfori and the PST will further highlight how their tools can help companies in meeting their due diligence obligations. Details and Registration
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The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative with members from the private sector (companies and associations), trade unions, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations and the German Federal Government. Together, they are committed to a social, ecological and corruption-free textile and clothing industry. In order to achieve its goals, the Textiles Partnership places particular emphasis on the implementation of corporate due diligence obligations in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Here you will find further information on the Textiles Partnership.
In light of the complex global challenges facing the textile and garment industry, real change requires the participation of all stakeholders. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Textiles Partnership therefore brings together companies in the textile and garment industry and trade with other actors who are active on the subject of sustainable textiles – including associations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and standard organisations. The German Federal Government is represented by three Federal Ministries. In addition, scientific institutions or federal authorities can become advisory members. Further information on the membership
Companies need to analyse and mitigate social, environmental and corruption risks in their supply chains. Because certain risks occur particularly frequently in the textile and clothing industry, they reflect the topics on which the members of the Textiles Partnership work together. The eleven sector risks include child and forced labour, gender-based violence, wages, the use of chemicals, environmental and climate protection. In addition, the Partnership members address overarching issues such as supply chain transparency, grievance mechanisms, circular economy, natural and man-made fibres. On this page you will find information on sector risks, due diligence, SDGs and other issuesthat the Partnership and its members deal with with varying degrees of intensity.
No membership fees are charged for a membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Costs may arise for assessment meetings as part of the Review Process as well as for participation in Partnership initiatives and projects in production countries.
The Textiles Partnership and the Green Button are based on the same fundamental international agreements of the UN on compliance with human and workers' rights, environmental protection and the prevention of corruption, as well as on corresponding EU guidelines and initiatives and on the recommendations of the OECD. Both strive for the consistent implementation of human rights and ecological due diligence obligations. While the Textiles Partnership pursues this goal as a multi-stakeholder initiative with learning, dialogue and reporting formats, information, joint measures in production countries and a broad international cooperation network, the Green Button is a state meta-label for which companies must fulfil. Through active membership in the Partnership, companies can prepare for possible certification with the Green Button. Further information on the Green Button website and on other (textile) certifications and labels on Siegelklarheit.
As the first point of contact for all companies that want to assume their ecological and human rights responsibility throughout the entire supply chain, the Textiles Partnership offers a broad network and support. Among other things, it is a platform for learning and dialogue: the members network within and with the other stakeholder groups. They share their knowledge and work together on best practices, for example in webinars and workshops, expert and working groups as well as with the help of tools and support materials. In addition, the members join forces in Partnership initiatives and projects and, thus achieve improvements and progress in the producing countries that would hardly be possible on their own.
How does the Textiles Partnership support the implementation of the Supply Chain Care Obligations Act?
In 2021, the German Federal Government passed the Supply Chain Care Obligations Act (LkSG). The law lays down requirements for the due diligence obligations of companies. The Textiles Partnership is also committed to the implementation of due diligence obligations and is guided by international standards. With the Review Process, the Textiles Partnership has developed an implementation framework and a reporting format for corporate due diligence. Companies in the Textiles Partnership, for example, are therefore familiar with the systematic analysis of their risks and are therefore well prepared for the requirements of the law. However, a membership in the Textiles Partnership and participation in the Review Process are not proof of compliance with the legal requirements. On the homepage of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development you will find further information on the Supply Chain Act.