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Kostenlose E-Learnings zum Chemikalienmanagement

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21.07.2021

Free E-Learning on Chemical Management

Various harmful and hazardous chemicals are still used in production facilities and textile factories. If these chemicals are used and disposed improperly, there are risks for the workers in the production facilities, for consumers and for the environment. Therefore, good and sound chemical management can contribute significantly to sustainability in the textile sector.

A new e-learning teaches the basics of chemicals management. The aim of the online training is, among other things, to raise awareness of health and environmental risks and to enable to perform risk analysis and implement measures accordingly international standards. In addition, it introduces the seven steps of the cycle of change which closely follow the recommended structure and content of the ZDHC Foundation, with which the Textiles Partnership has been cooperating for a long time.

The training is targeting at the chemical engineers at factory level who are directly involved in improving and implementing chemical management. Using texts, videos and quizzes, they learn how to set up a chemical management and risk system or improve existing structures. It also covers the impact impact of chemicals on wastewater and sludge treatment, health protection and occupational safety.

The online training is available free of charge on the learning platform atingi – initially only in English, from October also in eight other languages (Vietnamese, Mandarin, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, French, Bahasa, Turkish). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH GIZ has developed a targeted e-learning based training programme, consisting on the long-term experience o more than 20 years of a resource efficient management of chemicals around the globe.

You can find more information in the flyer.

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Online Colloquium on Textile Wastewater Management

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21.07.2021

Online Colloquium on Textile Wastewater Management

At the "Online Colloquium on Textile Wastewater Management" on 18 August, you will gain insights into textile wastewater management practices from Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The event ist organised and hosted by Forschungs- und Entwicklungsinstitut für Industrie- und Siedlungswasserwirtschaft sowie Abfallwirtschaft e.V. (FEI) in cooperation with the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality and Solid Waste Management (ISWA) of the University of Stuttgart and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Registration deadline: August 13

Find more information and agenda in the invitation (PDF).

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Welcome to the Partnership: DGW Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recycling

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01.07.2021

Welcome to the Partnership: DGW Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recycling

We are pleased to welcome DGW Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recycling to the Textiles Partnership.

For more than 30 years, DGW has been taking care of the sustainable, transparent and environmentally friendly recycling of textiles and shoes. The family-owned company is based in Isernhagen near Hanover.

At the beginning of its business activities, the focus was on the collection, sorting and recycling of old textiles and shoes from private households. In view of the fact that sustainability has also become increasingly important in the fashion sector, DGW has expanded its range of services in recent years to include returns, remainders and rejects. As a reliable partner to trade and industry, DGW recycles products that are no longer suitable for regular sale, thus contributing to greater sustainability throughout the product life cycle.

The logistical and organizational concepts developed by DGW ensure that recyclable products do not end up in energy recovery, but are returned to the economic cycle in a sustainable and resource-saving manner. With the DGW-Blueline-System, the company offers dealers and manufacturers a customer-oriented, efficient and legally compliant recycling service with full transparency and documentation.

The DGW management team of Renate and Christoph Raiwa on their commitment to sustainability and membership of the Textiles Parnership: "We see ourselves as an extension of the supply chain beyond the sale of the textiles. By recycling the products further, resources and the environment are conserved and materials are returned to the cycle. We are convinced of the Textiles Partnership's concept of working for high-quality, sustainable and durable products. Together with the other members in the Textiles Partnership, we hope to be able to take a big step towards sustainability and value creation, because in our opinion, responsibility does not end with the sale. Here, an exchange is important to us in order to be active in a sustainable, resource and environmentally friendly way, also with a view to the service life and subsequent recycling options."

You can find further information on the Website of DGW.

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Welcome to the Partnership: Deerberg GmbH

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30.06.2021

Welcome to the Partnership: Deerberg GmbH

We are pleased to welcome Deerberg GmbH to the Textiles Partnership.

Deerberg employs around 280 people at its site in Velgen near Hamburg. Since 1986, the company has specialized in women's clothing, shoes and home textiles made of high-quality natural materials such as linen, organic cotton, virgin wool and leather. Deerberg sells its products through its catalog and online store as well as in eight of its own stores in Germany.

Since 2017, many organic cotton items at Deerberg have been GOTS certified. The share of certified organic cotton is now 94 percent in the upcoming fall/winter 2021 season. In addition, environmentally friendly and innovative materials such as viscose from Lenzing EcoVero, Tencel or Cupro are used. High-tech laser washing, cold pigment dyeing and vegetable-tanned leather are also used in production. In addition, Deerberg makes sure that all partners and suppliers comply with the company's specified requirements for environmental protection, social compatibility and fairness. Since March 2021, the company has been offsetting its CO2 emissions and is thus certified as climate neutral.

Managing directors Lars Buschbom and Andreas Buchholz describe the motivation for working in the Textiles Partnership like this: "Through our membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, we want to make our supply chain more sustainable and participate in approaches to solutions and projects. We would like to see a lively exchange on corporate due diligence, information and assistance, and good cooperation. We are particularly interested in ideas for implementing effective grievance mechanisms, pollution management and living wages in supply chains."

You can find further information on the Website of Deerberg.

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Welcome to the Partnership: Jefferys GmbH

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23.06.2021

Welcome to the Partnership: Jefferys GmbH

We are pleased to welcome Jefferys GmbH to the Textiles Partnership.

Jefferys has specialised in high-quality corporate fashion and accessories for over 25 years. The company's core competencies are based on the pillars of consulting, development, production, customisation, textile finishing and logistics with a special focus on sustainable practices.

On sustainability, Jefferys writes on its website: "For us, it is a matter of course that our production sites are BSCI certified and the materials used at a minimum comply with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. But that is not enough for us. In the future, we want corporate fashion to not only look good, but to always use natural resources responsibly. We have set ourselves the goal of tangibly sensitising our customers to this issue and creating a willingness to use appropriate fabrics, accessories and packaging."

Managing Director Michael Jefferys describes the motivation for working in the Textiles Partnership as follows: "We want to play a part in improving working and environmental conditions in the textile industry and are convinced that this can be done better together with others. We hope that our membership in the Textiles Partnership will lead to a lively exchange with market participants, organisations and initiatives as well as access to information and support. We want to think outside the box and can contribute the perspective and implementation possibilities of social and ecological aspects of a small company."

You can find more information on Jefferys at https://jefferys.com.

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Welcome to the Partnership: SOCKSWEAR GmbH

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17.06.2021

Welcome to the Partnership: SOCKSWEAR GmbH

We are pleased to welcome SOCKSWEAR GmbH to the Textiles Partnership.

SOCKSWEAR employs around 30 people at its site in Eisenberg in the Pfalz region and has specialised over many years in wholesale and retail in the hosiery and underwear sector. Its active customer base includes specialist retailers, department stores, chain stores, consumer and drug stores, discounters, supermarkets, chain stores, verticals, fashion chains and DIY stores in Germany and other European countries.

Seit 2009 hält SOCKSWEAR seine Mitgliedschaft bei der BSCI und arbeitet auch ausschließlich mit entsprechend auditierten Herstellungsbetrieben zusammen. Weitere bestehende Zertifizierungen des Unternehmens sind nach Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS) sowie OEKO-TEX Standard 100 und seit 2020 als staatliches Siegel auch der Grüne Knopf. Zudem hat sich SOCKSWEAR der von Greenpeace ins Leben gerufenen „Detox – Road To Zero“ Umwelt-Kampagne angeschlossen.

The trusting and long-term cooperation with experienced producers and their suppliers in the supply chain is particularly important to SOCKSWEAR.
The company strives for continuous positive development in terms of quality, processing and the associated environmental and social compatibility of its products.

Managing Director Harald Wiese describes the motivation for participating in the Textiles Partnership as follows: "We hope to actively exchange knowledge and experience with the Partnership and its members. In this way, we aim to continuously improve our actions throughout the entire manufacturing chain and make them more sustainable."

You can find more information about SOCKSWEAR as a company as well as its corporate philosophy in dealing with people and nature at https://sockswear.de/

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Purchasing Practices (Self-)Assessment

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01.06.2021

Purchasing Practices (Self-)Assessment

15 Partnership companies analyzed their purchasing practices and gathered feedback on the purchasing behavior of producers along their own supply chain. For this purpose, they had access to an online survey between March and April 2021.

As early as 2020, companies in the Textiles Partnership were able to use the Purchasing Practices Self Assessment (PPSA) for a self-assessment of their purchasing practices (results). With the Purchasing Practices Assessment (PPA), they could now additionally involve their suppliers and invite them to critically evaluate their own purchasing behavior. The online tools were made available through cooperation with two strategic partners: the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT).  

Results and further steps

Fifteen Partnership companies participated in this year's survey, interviewing a total of 70 people via the self-assessment (PPSA) and 260 suppliers in the PPA. The results of the surveys can be used to identify risks in the supply chain that are related to their own purchasing practices. Possible risks include, for example, not paying living wages, enforced overtime or unauthorized subcontracting.

Furthermore, companies can initiate measures based on the results in order to contribute to the improvement of social and ecological standards at suppliers through more responsible purchasing. Results of the PPSA and PPA evaluation are to be presented to the Textiles Partnership after the summer.

Annual Topic 2021: Responsible Purchasing Practices

In 2021, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles will focus on responsible sourcing practices. More info on the annual topic 2021.

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Pilot Project Organic Cotton

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26.05.2021

Pilot Project Organic Cotton

Cotton is the most used natural fiber in the global textile sector. The demand for organic cotton especially is ever increasing from brands and retailers. One main challenge is aligning the increasing demand for certified organic cotton with the available supply. At the same time, however, the risk of contaminated cotton from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is also increasing.

In the Pilot Project Organic Cotton in India (South Odisha) several companies and organisations have joined forces with the aim of increasing the amount of available organic cotton on the world market.

The transition from conventional to organic cotton farming is accompanied by extensive training measures, which are designed to promote capacity building in smallholder organic cotton production in the long term.

This includes efficient organic farming methods as well as sustainable quality development of organic cotton.The provision of GMO-free seed packages enables farmers to improve the quality of sowing independent of the seed suppliers.

The role of women will be strengthened through the certification of women-led farms. More enterprises owned by female farmers means more women having increased independence through direct access and control over financial resources.

In addition, binding and long-term cotton sourcing commitments by brands and retailers will help to improve the economic resilience of producers. A minimum support pricewill be paid to organic farmers while farmers in-conversion to organic certification will be supported by a Fairtrade Premium payment.

Cooperation partners of the Pilot Project in India are Transfair e.V. (Fairtrade Deutschland), Tchibo GmbH, Dibella b. v. and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Implementing partner on site is the Indian Chetna Cooperative in the FFID umbrella organization of cooperatives of (cotton) smallholder farmers. With the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) the pilot project has an organic cotton-focused multi-stakeholder organisation dedicated to organic cotton on board, whose goal is to fully unleash the potential of organic cotton. In the current project, OCA is responsible for monitoring and evaluation.

The project started on June 1, 2020, and the current project phase ends on March 31, 2023.

Following the Pilot Project, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles plans a Partnership Initiative Organic Cotton in India to be launched this year. Brands, retailers and Standard Organisations are welcome to join the Partnership Initiative.    

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us: mail@textilbündnis.com (Dr. Lisa Wegner).

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New Guideline: Responsible Exit

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20.05.2021

New Guideline: Responsible Exit

Equal partnerships between purchasing companies and suppliers are based on the principle of mutual respect, striving for win-win situations with shared responsibility for improving working conditions. If suppliers in the supply chain violate human and environmental rights and negative impacts cannot be jointly addressed, the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Sector Guidance indicate that companies should terminate the business relationship as a last resort. In practice, economic rea-sons or deficiencies in product and service quality can also lead companies to stop working with a supplier. If disengagement is inevitable, purchasing companies should follow a responsible process, the so-called "re-sponsible exit". Responsible in this case means, above all, taking measures at an early stage to minimise or mitigate negative impacts on employees at suppliers.

Representatives of 12 PST companies and civil society worked together in the Peer Learning Group on Pur-chasing Practices to develop a guideline for responsible exits. It provides companies with detailed guidance and support on the requirements they should follow during the responsible exit process. So far, only PST members could use the guide, but now it will be made available to the general public. This guide sets out step by step how companies can develop a process that ensures that they exercise respon-sible exits and which guidelines and requirements have to be taken in consideration.

Download guideline as PDF:
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Training series on responsible purchasing practices

News
19.05.2021

Training series on responsible purchasing practices

Between March and June 2021, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) is hosting an online training series on responsible purchasing practices for members of PST and the Fair Wear Foundation. The series will address some of the most pressing issues companies are currently facing as they roll out their responsible purchasing programmes. The training offers support to CSR staff, purchasing staff and other related staff on effectively integrating responsible purchasing practices into their company practices, following on from the basic training on purchasing practices. The events will be delivered by the Thrive Collaborative, a consultancy organisation with human rights expertise and sector-specific practical experience along the textile supply chain.

In the training series, companies are supported on

  • How to integrate responsible sourcing practices into their business strategy
  • How to responsibly deal with a decline in orders in the context of COVID-19
  • Which methods they can use in the exchange with suppliers on open cost models
Flyer Training series

Note: The second training session has been postponed to May 20.

FairWearFoundation
Annual Topic 2021: Responsible Purchasing Practices

In 2021, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles pays special attention on responsible purchasing practices. Here you can finde more information.