The Partnership

International Cooperation

The textile industry acts on a global level. This is why the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, as a national initiative, works together with relevant international initiatives and organisations. These cooperative efforts aim at achieving more effective results on-site and at minimising duplications of work.

The Partnership cooperates with initiatives that work towards a sustainable and viable textile industry based on the "OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the Garments and Footwear Sector". Many members of the Partnership are also involved in other initiatives, thus ensuring that close cooperation, coordination and mutual recognition of the commitment can have a greater impact and minimise the workload for all those involved. In recent years, the Partnership has concluded nine strategic cooperations.

ACT Action, Collaboration,

The collaboration allows the members of the Textiles Partnership to use the Self-Assessment-Tool for purchasing practises developed by ACT. On-site cooperations are planned for select production countries in the future.

Frank Hoffer, Executive Director, ACT

“The challenges with living wages are so complex that we can only deliver specific and universal improvements for workers together.”

AGT - Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

The possibility of an associate membership is at the core of this cooperation. Additionally, it aims at spreading due diligence within the European Union and improving the coordination of national initiatives on an EU-level.

Jef Wintermans, AGT Coordinator

“Cooperation between AGT and the Textiles Partnership is a crucial step towards a European approach to supporting due diligence in the textile sector.”

FWF - Fair Wear Foundation

The cooperation covers the topic of living wages and allows for a professional exchange about complaints mechanisms.

Alexander Kohnstamm, Executive Director, FWF

“Both initiatives want to show that sustainable garment production is possible. We are excited to work together to support companies in shouldering their responsibility in the supply chain.”

Open Apparel Registry platform

The cooperation between the two organisations aims to improve transparency in the sector and strengthen cooperation between its different stakeholders. The Partnership will contribute to the uniform and reliable OAR database of production facilities.

Katie Shaw, Chief Operating Officer, OAR

'We look forward to benefiting from the deep expertise and extensive network of the Partnership as we work to raise awareness of the OAR as an enabling technology for supply chain management and data sharing.'

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Organic Cotton Accelerator

The cooperation helps to achieve the joint goal in sustainable cotton. OCA gives Partnership members direct access to small farmers and helps build the necessary capacities for organic cotton production.

SAC - Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The aim is to adapt sustainability requirements for enterprises based on information contained in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. In this way, equal competitive conditions can be implemented across national borders.

Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Vice President Europe, SAC

“By working together, we are customising our initiatives' instruments for brands and retailers. By doing so, we are helping to ensure a level playing field beyond national borders.”

SAICM - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

In this cooperation, the Textiles Partnership contributes to the international process of chemical safety by sharing sector-specific knowledge.

Textile Exchange

This collaboration aims at harmonising international requirements and standards regarding sustainability in the field of fibres. Additionally, the use of sustainable materials shall be strengthened.

Liesl Truscott, Director of European & Materials Strategy, Textile Exchange

“As an international initiative, Textile Exchange views cooperation with the Textiles Partnership as critical in advancing the use of sustainable fibers in the textile sector.”

ZDHC - Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals

The initiatives coordinate their development of training and support materials about chemical management with each other.

Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC

“Together with the Textiles Partnership and its members, we are substituting hazardous chemicals in the production of textiles and thus helping to improve environmental and working conditions in manufacturing countries.”