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13.04.2022

New guideline on inclusion

The guideline "Inclusion in Textile Supply Chains" aims to support companies in promoting the employment of people with disabilities in a non-discriminatory and practical manner.

In addition to important and basic information on inclusion, the guide also contains recommendations for companies and suppliers. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles developed the guide together with the International Association of the Natural Textile Industry (Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft, IVN) and the GIZ Global Project Inclusion of People with Disabilities.

Four modules provide information on inclusion and practical tools

The inclusion of people with disabilities presents companies with challenges, but also opportunities. This includes integration into the own operations and along global supply chains. The first module explains what inclusion means and why it is important.

The following chapter targets brands and retailers. It offers guidelines for implementing inclusion for suppliers as well. The module shows approaches that are particularly suitable for micro-enterprises. However, it also recommends starting points for how large companies can use their market power to improve working conditions for people with disabilities in supplier companies.

The focus of the third module is on producers such as spinning mills and textile finishing factories. With the "Accessibility Checklist", suppliers can analyse and improve the accessibility of their factories.

Tools for production sites, contact information of advisory services and organisations as well as a flowchart of the most important processes are part of the fourth module.

The English version of the guideline can be found here.

An interview with Sinéad Burke on Spiegel Online (16.01.22) also deals with the topic of inclusion in fashion (German only): »Wir leben in einer Welt, die nicht für uns designt wurde«