Upon joining the Textiles Partnership, all members must participate in the review process. This entails the member submitting and implementing an action plan (Roadmap) each year as well as accounting for their progress. This way, each member contributes towards improving social, environmental, and economic conditions in the textile production year after year. The review process is central to the members' individual commitment to promote sustainability in their supply chain.
All members begin by recording their own individual starting point in the baseline assessment. The questions asked are consistent with the due diligence approach and structured according to the six process steps for putting due diligence into practice. Starting from the baseline analysis, targets for the upcoming year are set. Furthermore, members report on their progress in achieving past targets.
In creating a roadmap, companies address key aspects of due diligence within their management processes and pursue the social and environmental objectives set by the Textiles Partnership. Companies must answer questions on how they plan to reduce the application of hazardous chemicals and contribute to paying living wages for workers in production countries. Associations, non-governmental organisations, and trade unions report on efforts to raise awareness and other support measures. For the progress report, members reflect on past targets and report on their achievements. All roadmaps and progress reports undergo a plausibility check carried out by an independent third-party and are then published here .
Mandatory Targets for all Textiles Partnership Members
Since 2018, all members pursue mandatory targets based on international frameworks such as the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, and the ILO Labour Standards.
Besides setting individual targets, Textiles Partnership members have agreed upon a common goal of using at least 35 per cent sustainable cotton by 2020. At least10 per cent of this amount must be organic cotton. By 2025, the proportion of sustainable cotton should reach 70 per cent with the share of organic cotton reaching 20 per cent.
Each member sourcing cotton makes its own contribution to collective success by consistently raising its share of sustainable cotton. Textiles Partnership members have set minimum requirements for measurable target achievement that describe sustainable cotton growing.
Standards Systems for Sustainable Cotton
The Partnership has agreed on eleven standards systems. By fulfilling any one of these standards systems, the corresponding Partnership’s goal is achieved.
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.