News from the projects

Partnership Initiative on Living Wages

The Partnership Initiative on Living Wages has started! The first companies have announced their participation in the country module for Cambodia. A number of others are already involved in the basic module on purchasing practices and have already set themselves a goal for wages for this year. All companies that source goods from Cambodia are invited to participate in the module. By participating, they are strengthening the negotiating position of our partner ACT. Moreover, they are making a fundamental contribution towards a structural increase in wages in the Cambodian textile industry through a collective bargaining agreement. This has been a central goal of our Partnership from the outset.

Workshops on living wages will be held at the working meeting in Cologne on 11 April. Among others the online tool for analysing and improving purchasing practices will be presented on this occasion. The Partnership Secretariat is looking forward to a broad participation. More information about the Partnership Initiative’s next steps will be shared via the members’ area in April at the latest.

Contact: Kristin Huber

New project plan for the ‘Review Process from 2020’

What will happen to the Review Process from 2020 on? The expert group review process, which has been strengthened by additional experts, is addressing this question. By September, proposals should be drafted showing how the Review Process might look like in the future based on the OECD Alignment Assessment and the lessons learned from ongoing processes. The further harmonisation and/or recognition of other initiatives, procedural simplifications and exemptions, or/and the consideration of other areas in textile supply chains may play a role in this process.

The goal is to enhance the public credibility of the Partnership and its individual members, and to provide members with more targeted support in fulfilling their OECD recommended due diligence obligations. At the same time a good balance between the necessary obligation to provide evidence and the workload related to these obligations shall be reached.

The Partnership Secretariat will keep all members updated about the future process. Final recommendations will be presented to the Steering Committee in September, allowing for implementation by the start of reporting in January 2020.

Update on grievance mechanisms

How can members of the Textile Partnership work together in order to improve the access to grievance mechanisms in the textile sector? Fifteen members have been discussing this question since last year, resulting in an initial plan for a joint Partnership Initiative. Currently, there are three designated modules:

  • Basic module: Creating a pool of knowledge through a joint exchange platform within the Partnership
  • Module 1: Creating an efficient and effective back-up network for grievances that cannot be resolved locally (in collaboration with other initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships)
  • Module 2: Capacity-building measures to strengthen local structures and mechanisms of suitable remedy and grievance mechanisms in producer countries, as well as communication of the back-up network to potentially affected stakeholders

Please contact Anneke Bremer if you are interested in taking part in ongoing discussions.