Associate membership

As part of our strategic cooperation with AGT, we have agreed an option for mutual associate membership. Members of the Textiles Partnership will in future be able to apply via the Partnership Secretariat for associate membership of AGT and vice versa. The two initiatives pursue a common goal and, by joining forces, can make a key contribution to creating a level playing field in the European textile sector.

Associate membership gives you access to the information, guidance and mechanisms of both initiatives. We have prepared a brief FAQ list to provide you with the key information on associate membership. The application forms are available here.

If you are interested in associate membership, please contact mitglieder@textilbuendnis.com.

 

The comparison of standards has arrived!

A comparison of the requirements of different standards systems and member initiatives with the Partnership’s grid of questions has recently been added to TexPerT to assist you with entering your baseline data. If your business activities are geared to a standard or initiative, then you should activate the comparison of standards in TexPerT. Relevant information will then appear automatically in the baseline.

 

The standards and member initiatives for which the data is stored in TexPerT are listed here.

We have also put together a short video (approx. 15 min.) in which we explain again in detail the background to the comparison of standards and how it works (including a demo in TexPerT). You can access the video here.

A general information paper, available here, provides an overview of where standards and member initiatives can be listed as part of the reporting process.

 

 

New structures, new rules

Following the Steering Committee’s decision to make the Textiles Partnership’s structures more project-oriented, it became necessary to adapt the Cooperation Rules. Consequently, the Steering Committee agreed on an adaptation, for which a decision was made after their last meeting.

 

What has changed?

  • The new Paragraph 11 summarises the new structures resulting from the Steering Committee decision of 25 January 2018. The paragraphs on the working groups have been removed.
  • The tasks of the Steering Committee (Paragraph 6), the Members’ Meeting (Paragraph 9) and the Partnership Secretariat (Paragraph 10) have been clarified and adapted to the new structures.
  • New associate member status (Paragraph 2 (3)): The introduction of associate membership has been agreed as part of the agreement on strategic cooperation with the Dutch AGT. You can find more information here.
  • The rights resulting from being a member of the Partnership have been elaborated more clearly and adapted to the current decisions (in particular Paragraph 3 (1)). The existing obligations and sanction levels of the review process have also been amended in the Cooperation Rules (Paragraph 3 (3) and Paragraph 4 (2)).
  • Paragraph 12 on the Partnership logo has also been adapted to the current decisions.
  • Additionally, a number of smaller adjustments have been made, such as the inclusion of the co-option of new members to the Steering Committee and the inclusion of online tools as an instrument for information provision or decision-making. As a result, the rules now reflect the established practice of the Partnership.

 

We have also made further changes in the Members´ Area to reflect the adjustments. To this end, we have already set up a ‘Projects’ section with the first closed groups. Like with the earlier working groups, as a Partnership member you will find the relevant work results of the project activities in topic-specific folders in the data storage area of the ‘Latest news about the Partnership’s work’, ‘Review process’ and ‘Tools and guidance’ folders. Previous working group folders are archived.

 

Recording an inventory of chemicals

Keeping an inventory of the chemicals used and stored in factories is necessary in order to keep track of what chemicals with human- and ecotoxicological characteristics are used, be able to conduct risk assessments, prevent unnecessary keeping of stocks, and to provide employees and, where relevant, operatives with information about the chemical hazards. For effective chemical management, it is necessary to clearly identify what chemicals are used, how they should be used, and what substitutes can be used in their place. This requires that established inventories are continuously updated and archived.

Under this link, you find the inventory of chemicals template coordinated by ZDHC and other members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. The following overview shows a systematic approach that works with inventories:

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List of abbreviations used in the template

 

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Explanations of the abbreviations:

The diverse classifications of the previous mentioned factors are listed in abbreviations. For example, the abbreviation CO (100%) means that the textile substrate is 100% made out of cotton.

Moreover, an additional category for finished textiles is listed as the type of finished products provides helpful suggestions and should be recorded, too.

Explanation of the abbreviations:

CO (100%) – Textile substrate which is 100% made out of cotton.

PES = polyester

PAN = polyacrylnitrile

PUR = Polyurethane (=Lycra)

PA = polyamide

CV = viscose

SI = silk

LN = linen

WO = wool

For the processsequenz the following abbreviations are used:

H2O2 = hydrogen peroxide

NaCIO = sodium hypochlorite

ZDHC MRSL = Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) of the initiative Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). Hazardous substrates with a lack of substitutions are listed in the „ZDHC Research List“. Pointed Lines are optional to add additional processes.

Used abbreviations for Wastewater:

DD = Direct Discharger (a factory discharges its wastewater after wastewater treatment into the public water)

ID = Indirect discharger (a factory discharges its wastewater into a regional or central wastewater industry which then discharges the wastewater into the public water)

WWTP = wastewater treatment plant

O3 = ozone (normally for bleaching)

NaCIO = sodium hypochlorite (normally used for bleaching which is not recommended because of toxic side products)

UF = Wastewater Cooling Membrane (a membrane process)

RO = reverse osmosis (activat. sludge membrane)

COD = Chemical Oxygen Demand (Accumulated parameters, especially for the wastewater pollution with organic substrates)

BOD5 = Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Demand of Oxygen for bio-degraduable, organic substrates)

Total N = total amount of nitrogen (sum of all mineral and organic nitrogen compounds)

Total P = total amount of phosphor (sum of all mineral and organic phosphor compounds)

Total Cr = total amount of chrome

Total Cu = total amount of cupper

TSS = Total suspended solids

The sludge generation in the WWTP includes the precipitated sludge (if a precipitation stage exist) and the sludge (biomass) which is generated by the biological wastewater treatment. This is primarily biomass with attached non biodegradable, less water soluble substrates. The dry matter content includes the residue of sludge after completed dehydration (identified by laboratory).

 

Internationalisation: Overview of the Textiles Partnership strategic cooperative alliances

Cooperation with other relevant industry initiatives and stakeholders is key to the Textiles Partnership in order to systematically improve the ways in which we can meet the global challenges in textile supply chains. In the past months the internationalisation of the Partnership has made further progress, since the Steering Committee adopted the guidelines for strategic partnerships in August 2017. So far, the Steering Committee has entered into the following strategic cooperative alliances on behalf of the Partnership:

30 January 2018- Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
Photo: HervŽ Cortinat/OECD

In order to support companies even better in performing their due diligence and mainstreaming the OECD approach at European level, the Textiles Partnership and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile (AGT) entered into a strategic cooperation that was signed at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector on 30 January 2018. The focus of cooperation is on aligning the sustainability requirements with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance in the Garment and Footwear Sector, which was already initiated in the Textiles Partnership through the revision of the question grid for 2018. Member companies that have been offered associated membership may in future participate in joint projects in producer countries and benefit from sharing knowledge amongst themselves and from the support of the two initiatives. The letter of intent entered into by AGT and the Textiles Partnership and approved by the Steering Committee can be found here.

 

  • A key milestone on the way towards a common European and global approach is the alignment of the sustainability requirements and the corresponding implementation instruments, also with reference to the OECD. With this objective in mind, a strategic cooperation was entered into with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the largest international initiative in the textiles sector, in November 2017. A first step in this cooperation consists in aligning the question grid of the Textiles Partnership with the revised module for SAC brand companies.
  • Promoting living wages is a key concern of the Partnership which we aim to pursue vigorously in 2018. A strategic cooperative alliance was therefore entered into with the Initiative Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) in December 2017. In the coming months, the Textiles Partnership and ACT will consult closely on the topic of procurement practices and draw up a joint proposal for a Partnership Initiative.
  • In order to incorporate the Textiles Partnership’s approach and experience into the process of developing the post-2020 strategy and to promote international harmonisation in the field of chemicals management, the Textiles Partnership joined the Chemicals in Products Programme (CiP) in December 2017. The CiP is coordinated by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

An internationally coordinated approach in the field of chemicals management has been promoted since March 2017 through the strategic cooperation with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. The Textiles Partnership uses the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRLS) of the ZDHC as a basic list of hazardous chemicals. The ZDHC programme is also a member of the Textiles Partnership and participates in implementing the Partnership Initiative on Chemicals Management in Asia.

 

Please also read our other articles:

New structures and topics in the Partnership

Tools and Support in the Members Area

Review Process 2018: This information will help you prepare your reports

 

Tools and Support in the Members Area

Are you familiar with the Tools and Support section in the Members Area? Here you will find a variety of publications, guidance notes, examples of best practices and guidelines. These documents will help you meet the requirements of the Review Process. The section also provides information of broader interest concerning the topics addressed within the Partnership.

Our latest publications:

  • The policy background paper provides suggestions and help for developing and implementing your own policy within your organisation. Here you will find many practical examples as well as text modules that provide orientation for drafting a code of conduct for suppliers and business partners.
  • The background paper on remedies and complaints mechanisms provides information for developing, establishing and supporting complaints mechanisms and remedial measures. For example, the guidance notes show different ways in which you can obtain an overview of mechanisms already in place in your supply chain and possible potential for improvement. They also provide additional advice on how you can support your suppliers in managing and reversing certain adverse impacts.
  • The guidelines on preventing corruption in the supply chain illustrate how companies can proceed in implementing anti-corruption measures in the supply chain. They explain in six steps which measures should be adopted within the organisation in order to prevent corruption in the supply chain. The guidelines then offer practical examples to demonstrate how specific challenges can be dealt with in implementation.

If you have any questions or comments regarding our support services, please email them to mitglieder@textilbuendnis.com. You are also welcome to upload resources and information you wish to share with the Partnership members.

 

Please also read our other articles:

New structures and topics in the Partnership

Internationalisation: Overview of the Textiles Partnership strategic cooperative alliances

Review Process 2018: This information will help you prepare your reports

Review Process 2018: This information will help you prepare your reports

From 2 January 2018, reports must be submitted annually in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Every member is required to prepare a progress report, update their baseline and submit a new Roadmap for the year by 30 April 2018. All data is to be submitted using the TexPerT online tool, which has been revised on the basis of the feedback received from you last year. Your access details from last year are still valid.

The Partnership Secretariat has put together a range of materials to help you prepare your reports:

TexPerT also contains pointers and links to further relevant information and support resources in the Members Area. Please take particular note of the following materials available on the natural and man-made fibres:

  • We have put together notes on how to make an inventory of natural and chemical fibres in a Guideline.
  • As an example, we have made the BCI calculator available to you for making your inventory of natural fibres.
  • For members who procure cotton and new wool, the Cotton and New wool information papers provide indications for individual binding targets, recognised standards systems and provision of alternative evidence.

In the coming weeks we will also offer you an introduction to the changes made to TexPerT and the question grid in the form of webinars, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The following dates have already been set:

The link for accessing the relevant webinar is provided under dates in the Members Area. A recording of the introductory webinar to the Review Process and TexPerT can also be accessed later from the Members Area.

Please direct any questions you have about reporting to review@textilbuendnis.com.

 

Please also read our other articles:

New structures and topics in the Partnership

Tools and Support in the Members Area

Internationalisation: Overview of the Textiles Partnership strategic cooperative alliances

New structures and topics in the Partnership

At its meeting on 25 January 2018, the Steering Committee modified the structures of the Textiles Partnership. We will circulate the new Cooperation Rules without delay once they have been approved by the Steering Committee.

The changes are intended to enable decisions to be prepared and made as efficiently and effectively as possible. At the same time, we want you as members to be able to get involved in decision processes, and we want knowledge transfer, learning and dialogue to become higher profile within the Textiles Partnership.

What will change?

A major novelty is that from now on specific issues will be addressed in the context of clearly defined projects laid out in project plans on the basis of standardised framework data. The advantage is that issues can be framed more narrowly, particularly with respect to scheduling and expected results. Issues can be addressed using various formats – from broad consultation rounds embracing all members to small expert groups.

As a first step, the Steering Committee has translated open topics from the working groups into project plans. Some expert groups will be appointed directly by the Steering Committee and some are open to members who can apply (see below). The decision regarding the composition of expert groups can be found here.

The membership at large will be informed of the recommendations and results of expert groups in the context of webinars and/or workshops. This is to provide Partnership members with more opportunities to share knowledge and engage in dialogue, as well as giving them the chance to make sugges­tions and comments on the interim results of projects. As before, the Steering Committee will make the final decision on appointments and on the recommendations produced by expert groups and by the membership.

Focal themes this year

In view of this new structure, topics and work orders from the previously broad-based working groups will be prioritised and translated into work plans with milestones and time schedules.

The Steering Committee has identified a need for action and decisions with the involvement of selected experts in the following areas in 2018:

We call on you as a member to get involved in (further) work on the following topics this year:

 

The Steering Committee will convene in April to discuss further possible projects in the field of natural fibres, chemicals and complaints mechanisms, among others.

Please also read our other articles:

Internationalisation: Overview of the Textiles Partnership strategic cooperative alliances

Tools and Support in the Members Area

Review Process 2018: This information will help you prepare your reports

 

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition and German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles cooperate to align on Supply Chain Due Diligence

Pressemitteilung: Für Fairness und Umweltschutz in der Textilproduktion Die Mitglieder des Bündnisses für nachhaltige Textilien setzen ab 2017 konkrete soziale und ökologische Verbesserungen um
Editor: Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, 19th February 2018
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