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What is the Textiles Partnership?

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative with members from the private sector (companies and associations), trade unions, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations and the German Federal Government. Together, they are committed to a social, ecological and corruption-free textile and clothing industry. In order to achieve its goals, the Textiles Partnership places particular emphasis on the implementation of corporate due diligence obligations in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Here you will find further information on the Textiles Partnership.

Who is eligible to become a Textiles Partnership member?

In light of the complex global challenges facing the textile and clothing industry, real change requires the participation of all stakeholders. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Textiles Partnership therefore brings together companies in the textile and clothing industry and trade with other actors who are active on the subject of sustainable textiles – including associations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and standard organisations. The Federal Government is represented by three Federal Ministries. In addition, scientific institutions or federal authorities can become advisory members. Further information on the membership

Are there membership fees?

No membership fees are charged for a membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Costs may arise for assessment meetings as part of the Review Process as well as for participation in Partnership initiatives and projects in production countries.

What distinguishes the Textiles Partnership from the "Green Button" label?

 Textilbündnis und der Grüne Kopf orientieren sich an denselben grundlegenden internationalen Vereinbarungen der UN zur Einhaltung von Menschen- und Arbeiternehmerrechten, zum Umweltschutz und zur Korruptionsprävention, sowie  an entsprechenden Vorgaben und Initiativen der EU und an den Empfehlungen der OECD . Beide streben die konsequente Umsetzung von menschenrechtlichen und ökologischen Sorgfaltspflichten an. Während das Textilbündnis dieses Ziel als Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative mit Lern-, Dialog- und Berichtsformaten, Informationen, gemeinsamen Maßnahmen in Produktionsländern und einem breiten internationalen Kooperationsnetzwerk verfolgt, ist der Grüne Knopf ein staatliches Metasiegel, für das Unternehmen  erfüllen müssen. Durch eine aktive Mitgliedschaft im Bündnis können sich Unternehmen auf eine mögliche Zertifizierung mit dem Grünen Knopf vorbereiten.  Weitere Informationen auf der Green Button website and on other (textile) certifications and labels on Siegelklarheit.

What is the added value of a membership in the Textiles Partnership?

As the first point of contact for all companies that want to assume their ecological and human rights responsibility throughout the entire supply chain, the Textiles Partnership offers a broad network and support. Among other things, it is a platform for learning and dialogue: the members network within and with the other stakeholder groups. They share their knowledge and work together on best practices, for example in webinars and workshops, expert and working groups as well as with the help of tools and support materials. In addition, the members join forces in Partnership initiatives and projects and, thus achieve improvements and progress in the producing countries that would hardly be possible on their own.

How does the Textiles Partnership support the implementation of the Supply Chain Care Obligations Act?

In 2021, the German Federal Government passed the Supply Chain Care Obligations Act (LkSG). The law lays down requirements for the due diligence obligations of companies. The Textiles Partnership is also committed to the implementation of due diligence obligations and is guided by international standards. With the Review Process, the Textiles Partnership has developed an implementation framework and a reporting format for corporate due diligence. Companies in the Textiles Partnership, for example, are therefore familiar with the systematic analysis of their risks and are therefore well prepared for the requirements of the law. However, a membership in the Textiles Partnership and participation in the Review Process are not proof of compliance with the legal requirements. On the homepage of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development you will find further information on the Supply Chain Act.

Which topics does the Textiles Partnership deal with?

Companies need to analyse and mitigate social, environmental and corruption risks in their supply chains. Because certain risks occur particularly frequently in the textile and clothing industry, they reflect the topics on which the members of the Textiles Partnership work together. The eleven sector risks include child and forced labour, gender-based violence, wages, the use of chemicals, environmental and climate protection. In addition, the Partnership members address overarching issues such as supply chain transparency, grievance mechanisms, circular economy, natural and man-made fibres. On this page you will find information on sector risks, due diligence, SDGs and other issuesthat the Partnership and its members deal with with varying degrees of intensity.

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The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative with members from the private sector (companies and associations), trade unions, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations and the German Federal Government. Together, they are committed to a social, ecological and corruption-free textile and clothing industry. In order to achieve its goals, the Textiles Partnership places particular emphasis on the implementation of corporate due diligence obligations in Germany, Europe and worldwide. Here you will find further information on the Textiles Partnership.

In light of the complex global challenges facing the textile and clothing industry, real change requires the participation of all stakeholders. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Textiles Partnership therefore brings together companies in the textile and clothing industry and trade with other actors who are active on the subject of sustainable textiles – including associations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and standard organisations. The Federal Government is represented by three Federal Ministries. In addition, scientific institutions or federal authorities can become advisory members. Further information on the membership

Companies need to analyse and mitigate social, environmental and corruption risks in their supply chains. Because certain risks occur particularly frequently in the textile and clothing industry, they reflect the topics on which the members of the Textiles Partnership work together. The eleven sector risks include child and forced labour, gender-based violence, wages, the use of chemicals, environmental and climate protection. In addition, the Partnership members address overarching issues such as supply chain transparency, grievance mechanisms, circular economy, natural and man-made fibres. On this page you will find information on sector risks, due diligence, SDGs and other issuesthat the Partnership and its members deal with with varying degrees of intensity.

No membership fees are charged for a membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Costs may arise for assessment meetings as part of the Review Process as well as for participation in Partnership initiatives and projects in production countries.

 Textilbündnis und der Grüne Kopf orientieren sich an denselben grundlegenden internationalen Vereinbarungen der UN zur Einhaltung von Menschen- und Arbeiternehmerrechten, zum Umweltschutz und zur Korruptionsprävention, sowie  an entsprechenden Vorgaben und Initiativen der EU und an den Empfehlungen der OECD . Beide streben die konsequente Umsetzung von menschenrechtlichen und ökologischen Sorgfaltspflichten an. Während das Textilbündnis dieses Ziel als Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative mit Lern-, Dialog- und Berichtsformaten, Informationen, gemeinsamen Maßnahmen in Produktionsländern und einem breiten internationalen Kooperationsnetzwerk verfolgt, ist der Grüne Knopf ein staatliches Metasiegel, für das Unternehmen  erfüllen müssen. Durch eine aktive Mitgliedschaft im Bündnis können sich Unternehmen auf eine mögliche Zertifizierung mit dem Grünen Knopf vorbereiten.  Weitere Informationen auf der Green Button website and on other (textile) certifications and labels on Siegelklarheit.

As the first point of contact for all companies that want to assume their ecological and human rights responsibility throughout the entire supply chain, the Textiles Partnership offers a broad network and support. Among other things, it is a platform for learning and dialogue: the members network within and with the other stakeholder groups. They share their knowledge and work together on best practices, for example in webinars and workshops, expert and working groups as well as with the help of tools and support materials. In addition, the members join forces in Partnership initiatives and projects and, thus achieve improvements and progress in the producing countries that would hardly be possible on their own.

In 2021, the German Federal Government passed the Supply Chain Care Obligations Act (LkSG). The law lays down requirements for the due diligence obligations of companies. The Textiles Partnership is also committed to the implementation of due diligence obligations and is guided by international standards. With the Review Process, the Textiles Partnership has developed an implementation framework and a reporting format for corporate due diligence. Companies in the Textiles Partnership, for example, are therefore familiar with the systematic analysis of their risks and are therefore well prepared for the requirements of the law. However, a membership in the Textiles Partnership and participation in the Review Process are not proof of compliance with the legal requirements. On the homepage of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development you will find further information on the Supply Chain Act.

Als Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative besteht die Mitgliedschaft aus verschiedenen Organisationen.  Unternehmen der Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie und des Handels sowie Verbände, die zum Thema nachhaltige Textilien aktiv sind, können dem Bündnis beitreten. Gewerkschaften, Nichtregierungsunternehmen sowie nicht-kommerzielle Standardorganisationen, die sich thematisch mit nachhaltigen Textilien befassen, können ordentliche Mitglieder werden. Die Bundesregierung wird von verschiedenen Bundesministerien vertreten. Darüber hinaus können wissenschaftliche Institutionen oder bundesbehördliche Einrichtungen, die sich mit den Themen des Textilbündnisses beschäftigen, beratende Mitglieder werden. Weitere Informationen zur Mitgliedschaft finden Sie here.

Der Grüne Knopf ist ein staatliches Siegel für nachhaltige Textilien. Direkt am Produkt angebracht, ist er leicht für Verbraucher*innen zu finden. Der Grüne Knopf stellt verbindliche Anforderungen, um Mensch und Umwelt zu schützen. Insgesamt müssen 46 anspruchsvolle Sozial- und Umweltstandards eingehalten werden.

Für das Textilbündnis ist der Grüne Knopf ein wichtiger Schritt in Richtung nachhaltigem Konsum. Durch die Zertifizierung von Produkten, können die Verbraucher*innen auf sozial und ökologisch hergestellte Textilien vertrauen.

Das Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz zielt darauf ab, unternehmerische Sorgfaltspflichten entlang der gesamten Lieferkette sicherzustellen. Diese Werte vertritt auch das Textilbündnis. Die Aktivitäten und die Berichterstattung der Mitglieder bilden eine gute Grundlage, um über die gesetzlichen Anforderungen hinaus transparent und nachhaltig zu agieren. Thorsten Safarik, Präsident des Bundesamts für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle, betonte beim Working Meeting 2022, die jahrelange Erfahrung der Mitgliedsunternehmen bei der Umsetzung der Kernelemente des Sorgfaltspflichtenansatzes und die Wichtigkeit von Brancheninitiativen wie dem Textilbündnis für die Implementierung der Anforderungen des Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetzes.