In this way, we want to raise awareness for the respective topic and drive improvements - within the Textile Partnership and among its members, but also beyond the Partnership. As a rule, an expert group works on the topic and produces, for example, support material for all members. In the course of the year, several workshops and events on the annual topic take place, including at the Working Meeting and the Members' Meeting.
Effective cooperation between purchasing companies and suppliers based on partnership is crucial to protect the rights of workers in the supply chain. The COVID-19 crisis has once again made this particularly clear. With the Annual Topic 2021, we want to contribute to an industry-wide improvement of purchasing practices and to create space for progress towards good working conditions and living wages; in the sense of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the textile sector.
Purchasing practices describe all the principles and processes by which brands and retailers interact and do business with the manufacturers who supply their products. Responsible purchasing practices enable suppliers to plan their production and working hours effectively and to pay workers fairly. At the same time, they enable suppliers to invest in the overall improvement of working conditions. In this way, they strengthen resilience in the supply chain.
Detailed information on the Annual Topic 2021 and the planned activities can be found in our news articles:
Annual Topic 2021: Responsible Purchasing Practices
Information on the topic, the activities in the Textile Partnership and planned activities
Basic training on responsible purchasing practices
The e-learning provides an introduction to the topic for departments involved in purchasing
Sexual and gender-specific violence describes violence against people based on their gender and affects mainly women and girls, but also men and boys, although to a lesser extent. Gender-specific violence encompasses all violent acts that cause physical, emotional, psychological or sexual harm and suffering. This may also include denial of resources or access to services. Generally, gender-specific violence is based on gender norms and unequal power relations.
Gender-specific violence against women is a widespread problem. Estimates suggest that 35 percent of all women worldwide have already experienced gender-based violence. About 80 percent of all employees in the global fashion industry are women. Working conditions are often precarious and violence against women occurs far too frequently.
Detailed information on the Annual Topic 2020 and the planned activities can be found in our news articles:
Annual Topic 2020: Gender-based violence
Introduction to the topic and overview of the activities in the Partnership
Interview with Dr. Christina Stockfisch (DGB) on the ILO Convention 190
ILO Convention 190 to Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work
Guidance Document: Due Diligence, Social Audits and Gender-Base Violence
A new guidance document addresses the gender-sensitive design of social audits.
Invisible Women – guest contribution by Stephanie Barrientos
There is a lack of data on the participation, function and working conditions of women