Report on the Review Process

Review Process: A learning curve is emerging

The Review Process has made definite progress. All of the data and documents submitted are now in the first or second assessment loop. By 6 June, 115 members had submitted their roadmaps and progress reports. Ten members did not submit their documents. At the next Steering Committee meeting on 11 July, a decision will be taken on the suspension of the defaulting members.

Two trends in the assessments can already be observed. The roadmaps for 2018 are significantly better than those of the previous year and the appraisers had very few objections.

In contrast, the progress reports for 2017, which had been prepared for the first time, attracted a comparatively large number of objections, frequently with respect to completeness and quality of evidence. This applies in particular to objectives that were either very vague or convoluted; in other words, with many sub-objectives. In addition, many members had to deal with ‘issues’ from the past year. For example, last year it was decided that ‘implausible’ objectives would also be accepted if it meant that the requirements for the number of objectives would be exceeded. Members are now required to provide details of these objectives in the reports, which in many cases is proving to be very difficult. Please note that this year your sustainability profile will be published again. You have until 6 July 2018 to edit these data again in the master data in TexPerT.

 

Adjusting the assessment requirements for eliminating ‘past issues’

In view of the large number of objections that were raised, the Steering Committee asked the review team to consider how the requirements for the assessment could be adjusted to somewhat alleviate the situation for the members. The goal of these considerations was explicitly not to soften or subsequently lower the requirements, but rather, based on the lessons learned from the first assessment loop, to identify where the use of the rules that were implemented for the first time this year had reached plausible limits.

No sooner said than done, with several adjustments made for the second assessment loop. Old issues from the past year can now be deleted from the 2017 roadmap retrospectively. In addition, the requirements for the appraisers to keep documentary evidence were simplified to some extent. You can find more information on this here. Please note that the requirements will initially apply for this year only as of the second assessment loop.

 

Publication of the reports

The first roadmaps will be published on the Partnership website in August. The associated data will be extracted automatically from TexPerT. Progress reports are also to be published, however, only at the request of a member. Please note that in the course of publication, each member will be assigned its own profile on the website. The data for this will also be extracted from the master data in TexPerT.

 

Arbitrator appointed

If a Textile Partnership member and the assessment are unable to reach a consensus on an assessment result in the course of the review process, the arbitration process adopted by the Steering Committee will apply. The Steering Committee has now appointed external individuals who can be entrusted with the arbitration:

  • Prof. Dr Reingard Zimmer, Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr Josef Wieland, Zeppelin University
  • Herbert Ladwig, retired attorney
  • Dr Andreas Hacke, Zwanzig, Hacke, Meikle & Partner Attorneys

Alternatively, the review team can take on cases for arbitration. Detailed information on the arbitration procedure will be posted in the Members’ Area in July.