The partnership members work towards substantial improvements in their global supply networks. They do so through individual responsibility, collective engagement, and mutual support. To achieve broader impact and increase synergies, the Partnership cooperates with relevant organisations and initiatives in the sector.
In changing project groups members and experts jointly develop approaches for the realisation of topics such as living wages, handling of grievances and remedies, wastewater standards, chemical management, sustainable fibres, and supply chain transparency. The results of this work are pivotal for the formulation of the Partnerships' member requirements, for developing information and learning opportunities, as well as the conception of Partnership Initiatives.
In the course of the Review Process members individually implement the Partnership's requirements. To do so, they pursue mandatory and voluntary targets and report on the progress of implementation. In this way, members can demonstrate how they fulfil their due diligence responsibilities and work toward their sustainability goals.
The second pillar of our work is collective engagement: Initiatives for ecological, social, and economic improvements in chosen production countries can advance significant changes in the textile sector and improve on-site conditions.
Three Partnership Initiativesare currently in implementation and are constantly being extended into new regions. One such initiative aims at improving working conditions in the textile sector in India. Another focuses on chemical management in several Asian countries. The Textiles Partnership also launched an initiative for living wages at the beginning of 2019.
To support its members, the Partnership is developing into a platform for sustainability and corporate responsibility in the German textile and clothing industry. Networking, exchanging information, and collective, practice-oriented learning issues related to the textile production are the foundation for achieving Partnership objectives.
The Partnerships' work is supported by the Partnership Secretariat. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Secretariat is hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.