The review process represents the individual commitment of the companies in the Textiles Partnership to assume responsibility for sustainability in their supply chain. The aim of the review process is to effectively prevent and mitigate the major social, environmental and compliance risks in the value chain.
An individual risk analysis based on eleven sector risks is the basis of the process (Guide DE and EN). On the basis of the results of the risk analysis, the companies derive targets and measures for the next two years. In addition to the prevention and mitigation, the aim is to provide remedial action and compensation in the case of negative effects.
However, the members do not only focus on the future. They also look back. What have they achieved in the past year to make their supply chains more sustainable? What measures have they been able to implement successfully and what goals have they achieved? All these aspects are documented in the progress report.
For the verification and quality assurance of the risk analysis as well as the set objectives and the reported progress, an in-person assessment meeting is held, which is prepared and conducted by an external service provider as well as by the Partnership Secretariat.
This will address in particular the following questions: Are the objectives appropriate to prevent or mitigate the most serious risks? Are the objectives and measures derived in a meaningful and comprehensible way from the risk analysis and the progress report? All reports are then published here .
The members of the other stakeholder groups - i.e. associations, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations, trade unions and the federal government - also fulfil a reporting obligation in the Partnership. They report on how they have contributed to the Partnership in the past reporting period and what measures they have undertaken to achieve the Textiles Partnership's objectives.
Mandatory Commitment for all Companies
In 2019, the review process was fundamentally revised and due diligence was brought into focus. This process was guided by the requirements and specifications of international frameworks such as the UN Principles for Business and Human Rights, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector and the ILO Labour Standards. In contrast to the past, the members are not pursuing any uniformly binding goals in the Textiles Partnership. Instead, the companies derive targets and measures from their individual risk analysis and prioritization, thus addressing their major risks:
- Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
- Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Gender-based Violence
- Health and Safety
- Wages, Social Benefits and Living Wages
- Working Hours
- Child and Forced Labour
- Chemical Management, Wastewater
- Environment, Resource Input
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Animal Welfare (incl. Sheep Farming, Mulesing)
Independently from their own individual risk assessment, companies must set targets for the following three risks: Living wages, Chemical & Wastewater Management and Corruption. Companies are also obliged to promote access to effective remedial and complaints mechanisms. The joint goal of enhancing the share of sustainable cotton also maintains: By 2025, the share of sustainable cotton is to be increased to a total of 70 percent and the proportion of organic cotton contained in it to 20 percent. The joint target of 35 percent sustainable cotton by 2020 is already almost achieved by 2018 (see article).
Each cotton-procuring Partnership member contributes to the joint success by continuously increasing its share of sustainable cotton. In order to achieve measurable targets, the Partnership members have defined minimum requirements for sustainable cotton cultivation. On this basis, the Textiles Partnership agreed on eleven standard systems, the use of which is considered proof.
Standards Systems for Sustainable Cotton
The standards include the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) standard, the Australian myBMP standard, Cotton made in Africa, Fairtrade Cotton, and CottonConnect. The following standards apply to purchasing of organic cotton: the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (NATURTEXTIL IVN) standard, the Textile Exchange Organic Content Standard (OCS), the bioRe Social & Environmental Standard, and all the organic standards forming part of the IFOAM Family of Standards. IFOAM standards, along with the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), also apply to the purchase of sustainable wool.