Partnership Initiatives. Collective Engagement
Together we can achieve more than we would alone. This belief lays the foundation for the Partnership Initiatives, allowing the Textiles Partnership bring about great local impact in the production countries. With the purchasing power of companies, the expertise and contacts of NGO and trade unions as well as the influence of the German Federal Government, the Textiles Partnership can drive change. Suppliers and local actors play a significant role as well. By participating in Partnership Initiatives, members can work on the targets determined in their individual roadmaps resulting in more efficient impact on the ground.
The Partnership Initiative Tamil Nadu aims to achieve systemic improvements regarding working conditions in the textile and garment industry in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, particularly for women and girls working in spinning mills. In close cooperation with Indian partners, the Initiative seeks to instigate changes at three levels.
Through the introduction of sustainable and innovative chemical and environmental management within the production sites in the Asian region, hazardous chemicals are substituted within wet processes. This makes the workplace safer while also contributing to environmental protection.
Living wages are often not paid in textile industry production countries, and this despite adhering to legal minimum wage. A ‘Living Wage’ is generally defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet the basic needs of themselves and their family, including some discretionary income.