Internationalisation: Overview of the Textiles Partnership strategic cooperative alliances

Cooperation with other relevant industry initiatives and stakeholders is key to the Textiles Partnership in order to systematically improve the ways in which we can meet the global challenges in textile supply chains. In the past months the internationalisation of the Partnership has made further progress, since the Steering Committee adopted the guidelines for strategic partnerships in August 2017. So far, the Steering Committee has entered into the following strategic cooperative alliances on behalf of the Partnership:

30 January 2018- Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
Photo: HervŽ Cortinat/OECD

In order to support companies even better in performing their due diligence and mainstreaming the OECD approach at European level, the Textiles Partnership and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile (AGT) entered into a strategic cooperation that was signed at the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector on 30 January 2018. The focus of cooperation is on aligning the sustainability requirements with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance in the Garment and Footwear Sector, which was already initiated in the Textiles Partnership through the revision of the question grid for 2018. Member companies that have been offered associated membership may in future participate in joint projects in producer countries and benefit from sharing knowledge amongst themselves and from the support of the two initiatives. The letter of intent entered into by AGT and the Textiles Partnership and approved by the Steering Committee can be found here.


  • A key milestone on the way towards a common European and global approach is the alignment of the sustainability requirements and the corresponding implementation instruments, also with reference to the OECD. With this objective in mind, a strategic cooperation was entered into with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the largest international initiative in the textiles sector, in November 2017. A first step in this cooperation consists in aligning the question grid of the Textiles Partnership with the revised module for SAC brand companies.
  • Promoting living wages is a key concern of the Partnership which we aim to pursue vigorously in 2018. A strategic cooperative alliance was therefore entered into with the Initiative Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) in December 2017. In the coming months, the Textiles Partnership and ACT will consult closely on the topic of procurement practices and draw up a joint proposal for a Partnership Initiative.
  • In order to incorporate the Textiles Partnership’s approach and experience into the process of developing the post-2020 strategy and to promote international harmonisation in the field of chemicals management, the Textiles Partnership joined the Chemicals in Products Programme (CiP) in December 2017. The CiP is coordinated by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

An internationally coordinated approach in the field of chemicals management has been promoted since March 2017 through the strategic cooperation with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. The Textiles Partnership uses the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRLS) of the ZDHC as a basic list of hazardous chemicals. The ZDHC programme is also a member of the Textiles Partnership and participates in implementing the Partnership Initiative on Chemicals Management in Asia.


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