Joint Action

Call for Proposals

Joining Forces for Sustainable Textile Supply Chains

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are launching a Call for Proposals to promote promising approaches to sustainable textile supply chains. The aim is to support Partnership members and other cooperation partners in fulfilling their individual social and ecological due diligence obligations in their own supply chains. 

Together with local stakeholders, you can apply with your project ideas on the focus topics. This is intended to promote the implementation of initiatives that have a developmental impact.

Joint Action in the Partnership means that several members join forces to create positive impacts in production countries, especially with regard to the four focus topics of the PST:

Living Wages and Purchasing Practices
Circular economy and climate protection
Gender equality
Grievance mechanisms and remedy
Living Wages and Purchasing Practices
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What are the requirements?

All projects must address at least one of the following focus topics:

  • Grievance mechanisms and remedy
  • Living Wages and Purchasing Practices
  • Gender equality
  • Circular economy and climate protection

The projects can be implemented in more than one country. At least one of them must be a partner country of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) .

Terms must run for at least six months and may begin in May 2023. All projects must end no later than January 2025.

The total project volume is made up of the project partners’ own contribution and the public sector contribution, which may range from EUR 50,000 to EUR 199,000 per project. The project partners’ own contribution comprises financial and in-kind inputs (such as staff working hours). The share of the total project volume depends on the size of the participating companies and must com¬prise at least 40% of the total volume. A higher share of the partners own contribution is a positive criterion in the project proposal.

All participants in the Call for Proposals develop a concept for impact measurement, including the goals (KPIs), the data required, the method of measuring impact and responsibilities.

At least three Textiles Partnership members from at least two different stakeholder groups, one of which should be a non-governmental organisation or trade union from Germany and/or the country of implementation, team up to submit the proposal and implement the project. Other stakeholders may join as cooperation partners.

How does the selection work?

Each project partnership can apply with a project proposal in German or English by February 13, 2023. Together with the BMZ, the Partnership Secretariat makes a preliminary selection based on the selection criteria. If the proposal meets all minimum criteria and scores well the additional criteria, the project partnership qualifies for public funding.

The Strategy Committees on the focus topics can comment on the project outlines. Subsequently, the Partnership Secretariat will carry out the final evaluation of the pre-selection and announces its decision in March. The project partners work out the final concept together with the PST Secretariat by May at the latest.

A total of up to eight projects can be funded, but at least one project per focus topic. If the contract is successfully completed, the project can start implementation!

The process at a glance

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Workshops zur Ideengenerierung und Ausarbeitung von Ideen

What can projects from the ideas competition look like? Which needs should be addressed, which gaps should be closed? Do you already have ideas for further projects in the focus areas? Would you like to develop them further together with others and win fellow campaigners?

All these questions are addressed in the workshops below - with agile methods, collaborative approaches and in co-creation with the innovation consultancy Getting There. If you would like to participate, please register as early as possible with Franziska Linke (

09. November, 9-12 Uhr: Geschlechtergerechtigkeit (virtuell)

17. November, 13:30-16:30: Kreislaufwirtschaft (virtuell)

18. November, 10-12 Uhr: Klima (virtuell)

22. November, 14-17 Uhr: Beschwerdemechanismen und Abhilfe (virtuell)

24. November, 9-12 Uhr: Existenzsichernde Löhne und Einkaufspraktiken (virtuell)

30. November, 9-16 Uhr: Workshops zu allen Fokusthemen im Rahmen der 8. Mitgliederversammlung

Apply now!

Get support for due diligence implementation! By joining project partnerships, you can leverage your resources, receive financial support, and take advantage of project assistance provided by GIZ.
Relevant Documents

Send all relevant documents for the submission of the project ideas to and feel free to contact us with your questions.

Please note: The period during which the projects can be implemented has been changed to 01.05.2023 - 01.01.2025.

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