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Textiles Partnership at INNATEX

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15.01.2020

Textiles Partnership at INNATEX

At INNATEX Jürgen Janssen, head of the Partnership Secretariat, and Tobias Dorr, Development and Climate Alliance, discuss how to benefit from multi actor partnerships. The discussion is part of the series "Fit for the international stage: Sustainability in textile supply chains".

INNATEX is an international trade fair for sustainable textiles, which - besides the classic clothing sector - also offers a sales and communication platform for a variety of other textile product groups, such as accessories, home textiles, fabrics and toys. The trade visitor fair has been held twice a year since 1997 in Hofheim-Wallau near Frankfurt am Main.

The lecture series is organized by our Partnership member IVN and Development Cooperation (DC) Scout Mandy Piepke.

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Welcome to the Partnership: KAYA&KATO GmbH

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20.12.2019

Welcome to the Partnership: KAYA&KATO GmbH

We welcome KAYA&KATO GmbH to the Textiles Partnership! The Steering Committee approved the admission to the private sector stakeholder group.

KAYA&KATO GmbH produces workwear for gastronomy, hotel business, trade and care. Together with other companies from these sectors, the Cologne-based company develops overall concepts for workwear with a focus on sustainability.

KAYA&KATO is certified by "Grüner Knopf" (Green Button), GOTS and OEKO-TEX. In addition to sustainable production, the young company also implements CSR projects together with partners, such as supporting refugees from southern Sudan in northern Uganda - a region from which they process cotton for their products. The founders have expertise in the interface between development cooperation and business.

KAYA&KATO presents further information on its corporate principles here: https://www.kaya-kato.de/grundsaetze-und-umweltpolitik/

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Chemical management trainings as of 2020

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19.12.2019

Chemical management trainings as of 2020

A corporate responsibility: reducing the use of hazardous chemicals on the production site and preventing risks.

As of January 2020, the Textiles Partnership's Basic and Advanced Training Programmes will be offered to factories with wet processes in various production countries. Systain will be responsible for the programme management and quality assurance and coordinate the training programmes for the Textiles Partnership and for interested partners.

The training programs enable companies to support their local production plants in establishing sustainable chemicals management and promoting the substitution of hazardous chemicals. This enables them to make a long-term contribution to reducing risks and promoting sustainable supply chains.

Companies can nominate their factories for the first run of the Advanced Trainings from now until the 31 January 2020 via advancedchemtraining@systain.com. The registration period for the Basic Trainings starts in January 2020.

You can find information about the Systain´s concept and the program of the trainings in our information package (DE and EN):

  1. Goals and opportunities of the trainings
  2. Systain Consulting GmbH: Presentation of the training concept     
  3. Goals and program of the Basic Trainings    
  4. Goals and program of the Advanced Trainings
  5. Impact Assessment and experience reports     
  6. Next steps (registration procedure)    
  7. Contact persons and direct links

To the Training Material.

For further information on financing and the programme, please visit the Website from Systain and the training concept.

If you have any questions, please contact (Phone: +49 228 4460-3502; E-Mail: rahel.lemke@giz.de).

The contact person at Systain is Marie Oldopp (Tel.: +49 40 609 4618 22; E-Mail: marie.oldopp@systain.com)

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Welcome to the Partnership: Artus Invest

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19.12.2019

Welcome to the Partnership: Artus Invest

We welcome Artus Invest to the Textiles Partnership! The Steering Committee approved the admission to the private sector stakeholder group at its meeting in November.

The company offers sustainable solutions in textile recycling based on the closed-loop principle and develops take-back concepts. The sorting and recycling plant of Artus Invest in India was the first factory to be fully certified according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) for post-consumer textiles. With Artus Invest, the Textiles Partnership gains further expertise in the field of recycling and circular economy, in particular the closed-loop principle. The company based in Bad Oldesloe currently employs approx. 650 people.

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Welcome to the Partnership: IVY & OAK GmbH

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19.12.2019

Welcome to the Partnership: IVY & OAK GmbH

We welcome IVY & OAK GmbH to the Textiles Partnership! The Steering Committee approved the admission to the private sector stakeholder group at its meeting in November.

IVY & OAK, based in Berlin, was founded in 2016 with the idea of creating and consuming fashion more consciously. The focus is on the timeless design and high quality of the collections, sustainable production and fair, transparent prices. The company mainly offers occasion and business wear, wedding dresses and maternity wear. The company sells throughout Europe both through its online shop, its own shop in Berlin and through a network of online and offline partners. Design and product development take place in-house.

By joining the Textiles Partnership IVY & OAK wants to become more involved in the dialogue across the sector, participate in multi-stakeholder initiatives and projects and underpin its commitment internally and externally.

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DNP: Big stage for sustainable textile supply chains

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22.11.2019

DNP: Big stage for sustainable textile supply chains

On 21 and 22 November we were present at the 12th German Sustainability Day in Düsseldorf. At our exhibition stand we informed about the work of the Textiles Partnership. Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller also dropped by.
100 Answers

At the congress, 100 speakers were asked how sustainable transformation can succeed and which solutions they offer. One of these speakers was Steering Committee moderator Frank Zach. At the opening plenary he described challenges of the textile industry, due diligence requirements as well as goals, processes and projects of the Partnership.

Dialogue forum on 'Ways to living wages'

How can brand and retail companies in Germany contribute to the payment of higher wages that will secure a decent life for workers in the textile production? What is the relationship between due diligence and legal framework conditions? What has been achieved so far and where is there still some catching up to do?

These questions shaped the dialogue forum with Sabine Ferenschild (SÜDWIND e.V.), Fabian Kusch (Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co. KG), Ansgar Lohmann (KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH), Frank Zach (DGB Bundesvorstand) and Anosha Wahidi (BMZ). Afterwards the participants could also ask their questions in the Fishbowl.

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Achieving more together - 5th Members' Meeting

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19.11.2019

Achieving more together - 5th Members' Meeting

After the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles 2014 set out on its way to more sustainability in textile supply chains, the fifth Members’ Meeting took place on 19 November 2019. Around 110 members and guests met at the Tagungswerk in Berlin.
Difficult tasks and signposts to the future

Some agenda items are set at each Members’ Meeting: Greetings, annual report, review and outlook. An innovation this year was that the members could ask their questions to the Steering Committee and the Partnership Secretariat via an online tool. Many of the questions related to the new Review Process, which from 2020 will focus even more on the due diligence approach than before. Steering Committee moderator Frank Zach reported on the intensive negotiations in the Steering Committee. It was not until the day before the Members’ Meeting that the Partnerships decision-making body met in Berlin and adopted the overall concept of the revised Review Process.

In which direction should the Partnership develop in the future? Zach replied to this question: "As a multi-stakeholder initiative, we cannot conduct all debates, but we should be open to new debates, for example on sustainable fibres. We also need a great deal of external expertise for this. At the same time, however, we must be careful not to overdo it."

Jürgen Janssen, head of the Partnership Secretariat, described the future work of the Partnership: "We will continue our efforts to implement the due diligence approach across all three areas our work in the Partnership. Yesterday's decisions on the Review Process from 2020 clearly confirmed this once again. The recognition of our commitment to other initiatives and standards is also being intensively examined, particularly in order to avoid duplication of effort and increase our leverage. Wherever possible, we always ask the question of whether we can deal with issues and processes within the Partnership ourselves, or whether this can be done better through cooperation and recognition."

Motivation for the membership: Achieving more together

Members were invited to comment on their membership and involvement in Partnership initiatives via an online tool. 64% of the members underlined the basic idea of the Partnership and completed the sentence "We are members of the Partnership because..." with "because we achieve more together than alone". It was followed by "because network sharing is helpful to my work" (50%) and "because membership helps me advance sustainability issues in my organisation" (39%).

On participation in Partnership initiatives - "What factors would need to change for you to participate in a Partnership initiative? - the most important answers were: " Partnership initiatives that have more to do with our core business" (57%), "initiatives that are easier to participate in with less bureaucracy" (48%) and that you need "more time" (34%). These are important indications for the Steering Committee when it deals with the adjustments to Pillar 2 of the Partnership work (joint engagement).

Frank Zach also said about the concept of Partnership Initiatives: "Even below the threshold of a Partnership Initiative, there is a lot of motivation among the members to make a difference. In 2020, we will develop instruments that will make it possible to tackle urgent problems and give the necessary impetus. This must also be possible in addition to Partnership Initiatives and that is what we want to get going."

Political support for sustainable and fair supply chains

"We want a self-supporting upswing through fair trade with our partner countries, decent work and transparent supply chains," Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ, described the Ministry's guidelines, also with a view to the National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights (NAP) and the German EU Council Presidency 2020.

Above all, she said, living wages were a major concern for her in order to break the cycle of poverty. For the next five years of the Textiles Partnership, she hopes for "more involvement in the Partnership Initiatives, a growing Textiles Partnership and the establishment of a European platform and as an important driver for sustainable and fair global supply chains. To achieve this, the BMZ will continue to support the Partnership ambitious work."

From the plenum to the workshops

From the stage and from the plenum, the members were divided into eight break-out sessions in the afternoon. They used these sessions to deal with various topics, to exchange ideas and to deepen their knowledge. These sessions were on the agenda at the general meeting:

Smart mix on stage

During the evening panel discussion, four female lawyers addressed the pointed question: "If there is a law, you don't need any more partnerships and buttons! Moderator Norbert Taubken chaired the discussion between Johanna Kusch of Germanwatch, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lorenzen of the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Dr. habil. Birgit Spiesshofer from Dentons and Anosha Wahidi from BMZ. With clearly recognisable differences in focus, the panelists emphasised the importance of intelligent interaction between the various levers to improve the situation in the supply chains. Here, voluntary initiatives such as the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles with its differentiated, flexible and broad-based approaches play just as important a role as a credible, clear consumer approach such as the Grüner Knopf (Green Button) strives for and a framework-setting, effective regulation.

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The course has been set - Annual Report 2019

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19.11.2019

The course has been set - Annual Report 2019

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles presented its annual report at the 5th Members’ Meeting on 19 November in Berlin. The data and facts from the year 2019 can be found graphically in the first part of the report. The second part focuses above all on activities that are decisive for the Partnership long-term success. These include internationalisation, for which the commitment to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector serves as a common, international frame of reference.

In addition, readers will learn what the Partnership initiatives have achieved with their local commitment over the past year. After almost exactly five years of existence, the OECD alignment and the planned strengthening of local engagement in 2019 have set the course for the further development of the Partnership.

The annual report can be found here.

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Review process 2019

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16.10.2019

Review process 2019

101 roadmaps, 96 progress reports, 2 exclusions

The 2019 review process ended on Friday 11 October. 101 members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have passed the external audit and published roadmaps of what they are doing to improve sustainability in textile supply chains this year. In addition, 96 members provided progress reports on the measures they were able to implement in 2018. This year, five new members drew up a roadmap for the first time and were therefore unable to report on progress.

Two members - Allergo Natur Deutschland GmbH and askö GmbH - were unable to complete the audit before the deadline and were therefore excluded from the Partnership.

The review process was conducted for the first time in 2017. In the first year, 129 members drew up roadmaps, 35 of which were published voluntarily. Since 2018, the roadmaps have had to be published, and since this year this has also applied to the progress reports.

Since 2017 and for the third time, the following 35 Partnership members have successfully passed the audit and published roadmaps (in alphabetical order):

  • Adidas AG
  • ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG (für ALDI Nord)
  • ALDI SÜD
  • Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Brands Fashion GmbH
  • Bundesregierung Deutschland
  • Christliche Initiative Romero
  • Cotton Made in Africa/Aid by Trade Foundation
  • Das Amt für Mission, Ökumene und kirchliche Weltverantwortung der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen (EKvW)
  • Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)
  • Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen (DZI)
  • Dibella b.v.
  • FEMNET e.V.
  • Gemeinschaft für textile Zukunft (GftZ)
  • Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH (GOTS)
  • gotsutsumu GmbH
  • Handelsverband Deutschland – HDE e.V.
  • Hess Natur-Textilien GmbH
  • IG Metall
  • INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.
  • Kampagne für Saubere Kleidung
  • Katholische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands (kfd) – Bundesverband e.V.
  • KiK Textilien & Non Food GmbH
  • OEKO-TEX Service GmbH
  • Otto GmbH & Co. KG
  • Primark Limited
  • REWE Group
  • SÜDWIND e.V. – Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene
  • Tchibo GmbH
  • Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG,
  • Trans Fair e.V.
  • Transparency International Deutschland e.V.
  • VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG
  • VerbraucherService im KDFB e.V.
  • Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband

You find detailed information on the reports in this article.

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Partnership members purchase more than half of the organic cotton available worldwide

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12.09.2019

Partnership members purchase more than half of the organic cotton available worldwide

The companies in the Textiles Partnership alone purchase more than half of the organic cotton available worldwide. This is shown by the 86 recently published progress reports. According to their own statements, the members procured around 800,000 tonnes of cotton in 2018, of which 83,000 tonnes was organic cotton. In 2016/17 around 118,000 tonnes of organic cotton were grown worldwide. Since the areas under organic cotton were already in transition at that time, the total quantity of organic cotton was probably already higher in 2018.

Common target for cotton

Since 2018, each member of the Partnership that procures cotton has been obliged to set itself an individual annual target to increase its production of sustainable cotton. The achievement of the target must be set out in the progress report in the following year. The target relates to increasing the proportion of organic cotton and other sustainable cotton (see Standards Systems for Sustainable Cotton). The members thus contribute to achieving the overarching objective for cotton:

By 2020, the Partnership members want to increase the proportion of sustainable cotton to 35 percent, of which at least 10 percent should come from organic farming or conversion to organic farming. By 2025 this share is to be doubled, i.e. to 70 percent sustainable cotton, 20 percent of which is organic cotton or cotton under conversion.

The progress reports show: Of the almost 800,000 tonnes of cotton procured by the Partnership members in 2018, around 10.5 percent already came from organic cultivation and 21.7 percent from other sources recognised as sustainable.

How much organic cotton is there worldwide?

In his Market Report 2018 Textile Exchange states that in 2016/17 out of 22,000,000 tons of cotton grown worldwide, 118,000 tons of organic cotton were produced - just 0.5 percent.

Textile Exchange is a global not-for-profit association that is a leader in the sustainable fiber and materials industry. Through a strategic cooperation between Textile Exchange and the Textiles Partnership, the international harmonization of fiber-related sustainability requirements and standards is to be promoted and the use of sustainable materials promoted.

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