SDG 17 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 17

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Whether with regard to paying living wages or banning toxic chemicals, textile supply chains come with many complex challenges. It is due to this complexity and the global nature of supply chains, that no actor can address these challenges alone. To make textile supply chains contribute to sustainable development, the state, the economy, and civil society must join forces and face these challenges together.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles acts as a role model and does not only unite different actors within Germany but also cooperates with other initiatives on an international level. For example, the Textiles Partnership addresses the living wages issue in collaboration with Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) and the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Together with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), the Textiles Partnership undertakes the implementation of the OECD Guidelines on Due Diligence, thus promoting the equalisation of european and international processes.

With regard to chemical management and substitution of hazardous chemicals, the Textiles Partnership currently cooperates with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Three cooperations are dedicated to sustainable fibers: Textile Exchange, Organic Cotton Accelerator and Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose. The network of cooperations and partnerships is being continuously expanded.

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SDG 16 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 16

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sustainable development requires peace and stability. Effective, responsible and transparent institutions, combined with judicial independence, the protection of human rights and effective law enforcement are all essential preconditions. Nevertheless, child labour is still globally prevalent and corruption and tax avoidance result in developing countries incurring costs amounting to 1.26 trillion US-Dollars annually.

Exploitation, child labour and corruption are sometimes still present in the textile supply chains that branch out worldwide. The members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have set the goal for themselves of changing these conditions and of making the contractual partners in the supply chain commit to the Partnership´s social objectives

Additionally, all members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles must commit to zero tolerance regarding corruption. To enforce these agreements, the German Federal Government, associations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and standard organisations also use their influence on political decision-makers. Manufacturers, retailers and brands oblige to implement adequate processes to handle cases of child and/or forced labour, to take effective measures to remedy the situation and to prevent such working conditions in the future.

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SDG 15 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 15

SDG 15: Life on Land

2.6 billion people worldwide live on agriculture. Forests are home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s creatures. Nonetheless, humanity loses many areas of arable land and forests each year. This leads to a loss in the richness of species as well as in the basis of human life.

Cotton is of major importance in the textile sector. Although its production only requires 2.5 per cent of the arable lands, five per cent of the global pesticide use stem from cotton production. That is why the promotion of sustainable cotton is crucial: relinquishing synthetic pesticides is good for lands and waters while also preserving biodiversity. Farmers achieve higher prices and often profit from sustainable trade relationships so that investments are worthwhile.

All members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have the common goal of increasing the share of sustainable cotton to 35 per cent by 2020, of which at least 10 per cent should come from organic farming. The Textiles Partnership members had already almost achieved this goal in 2018 (Report). By 2025, as much as 70 per cent of the cotton used in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is to be sustainable; organic cotton is to account for at least half of it.

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SDG 12 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Humanity consumes far more resources than the earth offers. The Global Footprint Network has calculated that 3.2 earths would needed if the entire world population were to live like people in Germany. If we take the lifestyles in Australia and the USA as a benchmark, it would even be five earths! The change to a way of life and economy that respects the natural limits of our planet is therefore overdue, but can only succeed if we change our ways of production and consumption. This also applies to textiles, because the textile sector is one of the most resource-intensive and environmentally harmful sectors, while consumption is increasing.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles actively promotes sustainable consumption and production patterns. In order to promote the latter, the Textiles Partnership has, amongst others, developed guidelines for the procurement of sustainable cotton and to avoid the use of toxic chemicals. All members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are also obliged to implement measures to raise awareness of sustainable textile production. For example, do companies train their suppliers. Civil society organisations launch campaigns to inform consumers about sustainable textile consumption and thus raise public awareness of the environmental impact of the textile production.

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SDG 10 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Global wealth is being unequally distributed: the top per cent of the world's population own 45 per cent of the global wealth. In 2018, 26 individuals owned as much as the 3.8 billion people constituting the poorest half of humanity. This growing financial inequality often leads to social discrimination and jeopardises the stability of society.

Inequality is also to be found in the textile industry: while companies make profits, workers are often forced to work for wages that are barely sufficient to feed themselves and their families. Since its foundation, living wages have been a central concern of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and since 2019 it has also been anchored in the review process as an obligatory goal: All members must cooperate in a measure that aims to pay living wages to workers in production countries.

Furthermore, the Partnership Initiative on Living Wages supports, among others, approaches to wage increases in producing countries. With living wages, workers in the textile industry can not only secure the livelihood for themselves and their families, but also send their children to school and set aside a little money for emergencies. In this way, social and economic inequalities can be sustainably reduced.

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SDG 8 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 8

SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth

Sufficient employment opportunities that allow decent work are a precondition for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. About 75 million people work in the textile and garment industry, most of them in developing and emerging countries. Textiles production has created millions of jobs, especially in Asia. The textile industry is of major importance for the economic growth and development of many nations worldwide. However, the production and working conditions in some countries do not correspond to the standards defined on an international level. Workers in textile production must often endure insufficient building safety, dangerous working conditions, wages below the living wage, and unpaid overtime.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles defined various Partnership´s social objectives that are based on the conventions defined by International Labour Organisation (ILO). This includes, among others, the freedom of association, prohibition of child and forced labour as well as health and safety at the workspace. The members must compel compliance with these social Partnership Goals from all suppliers and partners, for example with a code of conduct. Furthermore, the members are obliged to establish processes for dealing with cases of child and forced labour.

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SDG 6 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 6

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Water is vital for all people, animals and plants on this planet. Yet 2.1 billion people live without access to clean water and one in three people has no access to sanitation. Without water and sanitation, diseases can spread particularly rapidly - a deadly danger, especially for young children. SDG 6 therefore aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Subgoal 6.3 focuses on improving water quality by reducing pollution, minimising the release of hazardous chemicals, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing safe reuse worldwide.

The global processing of textiles causes 20 per cent of industrial water pollution. The wastewater from the textiles industry usually contains hazardous substances, which make their way into rivers and other water sources without being filtered. This is extremely harmful to the health of the animals and human beings living in and at these rivers. That is why the members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles stand up for an ecological and sustainable wastewater management as well as for the avoidance of hazardous chemicals. For example, they committed to banning 160 hazardous chemicals from production. Additionally, they support producers in establishing proper and environmentally suitable wastewater management. Thus, not only do the rivers become cleaner, but the people working in the factories who live near these waterways are no longer exposed to the risks.

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SDG 5 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Almost every fifth woman, including minors, has been a victim of physical or sexual violence within the last twelve months. 49 countries do not have laws protecting the victims from this violence. Where laws exist, they often lack enforcement. Women and girls are frequently directed by others: for example, 750 million girls married off before they turn 18. In 18 countries, a woman’s spouse can legally forbid them taking official employment. Furthermore, women often accept jobs that pay poorly or not at all.

Around 75 million people work in the textile industry worldwide - the majority of them are women. An improvement in working conditions, such as that sought by the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles, therefore also benefits gender equality. Brands, retailers, manufacturers and the Federal Government therefore commit all producers and business partners to achieve the social partnership goals to be observed. The Partnership Initiative Tamil Nadu aims, for example, to systemically improve working conditions in the textile and clothing industry in Tamil Nadu in southern India, and in particular to make the situation of women and girls in spinning mills more socially acceptable. A training programme is to accompany the planned establishment of complaint centres in 300 factories and inform workers and management about labour rights and complaint mechanisms.

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SDG 3 – Unser Beitrag

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SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

Sadly, good health and well-being are not a matter of course: more than five million children worldwide die before their fifth birthday and too many women still die during childbirth. Common diseases restrict the life expectancy of many people in developing countries because they do not have access to vaccinations, medicine, or potable water. The production of textiles not only requires a lot of water, but involves the use of a large quantity of various chemicals, many of which are hazardous and can considerably affect the health of the workers. During the dyeing and finishing of fabric, 1.5 kilograms of chemicals are used for one kilogram of fabric.

Among other things, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles aims at optimising the chemical and environmental management in the textiles supply chain. Brands, businesses, manufacturers, and the German Federal Government must support their suppliers in making their supply chain management more environmentally friendly. All members have agreed to a list of chemicals that should not be used in the production process. This Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) is based on the specifications of the internationally recognized Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative and is communicated to all producers and business partners with corresponding accompanying information.

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SDG 1 – Unser Beitrag