The Partnership
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Together, the members of the Textiles Partnership defined the Partnership's goals and identified priority areas of action. They continuously work on implementing various steps on the path to realising their goals while also improving the working process. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has two bodies: The Steering Committee and the Members' Meeting. Both are supported by the Partnership Secretariat and, if necessary, by project groups.

Steering Committee

Mitglieder des Steuerungskreises bei der Strategieklausur 2019.

The Rules of Collaboration (DE and ENserve as the binding basis for the Textiles Partnership’s work. The most important decision-making body is the Steering Committee, in which all stakeholder groups are represented. The Steering Committee was re-elected in May 2019 and is comprised of the following representatives:


Dr. Gisela Burckhardt


Dr. Sabine Ferenschild

SÜDWIND e.V. - Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene

Stefan Genth

Handelsverband Deutschland - HDE e.V.

Berndt Hinzmann

INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.

Nico Kemmler

Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG
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Claudia Kersten

Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH - GOTS
Anosha Wahidi, BMZ, bei der Mitgliederversammlung des Textilbündnisses 2019

Anosha Wahidi

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ

Dr. Uwe Mazura

Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry – t&m

Dr. Johannes Merck

Otto GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Olaf Seiring

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – BMAS

Ingo Strube

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – BMU
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Frank Zach

German Trade Union Confederation – DGB

Members' Meeting

Once a year the members of the Textiles Partnership get together for a Members' Meeting, where they receive the Steering Committee's annual report and discuss the results, successes, and lessons learned. They can also make fundamental decisions about the Partnership and discuss the draft of the working plan for the upcoming year.

Members' Meeting 2021
Members' Meeting 2020
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Auf Kurs – 6. Mitgliederversammlung des Bündnisses für nachhaltige Textilien.


Members' Meeting 2019
Mitgliederversammlung 2019, Textilbündnis

At the fifth members' meeting, the Partnership Secretariat, the Steering Committee and Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Maria Flachsbarth informed the 100 members and guests about the last year and the plans for the coming years.

Members' Meeting 2018
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The fourth Members' Meeting of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles took place in Berlin on October 30. At the meeting, seven break-out-sessions were realised. The results may now be used by the expert groups for their work.

Members' Meeting 2017
MGV 2017

The Textiles Partnership Members' Meeting on October 11 was attended by more than150 Partnership members and guests in Berlin. Besides speeches, panel discussions with international experts, and workshops, the meeting gave members a chance to discuss and exchange experiences.

Members' Meeting 2016
Textilbündnis, Members’ Meeting 2016 | © GIZ

The Members' Meeting on November 22-23, 2016 was the official start for next steps within the Textiles Partnership. Every member began the upcoming year with a tangible roadmap. The measures were mandatory and verified by an external party. In this way, the progress was transparent and verifiable.

Virtual Working Meeting 2020

Beim jährlichen Arbeitstreffen des Textilbündnisses kommen die Mitglieder zusammen und tauschen sich in Workshops zu spezifischen Themen aus. Das Arbeitstreffen 2020 fand virtuell statt.