REVIEW PROCESS: DECISIONS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

Question grid

The lessons learned in creating roadmaps have been incorporated into an extensive review process. The Review Process Working Group, specialist working groups and the Partnership Secretariat have joined forces to review the question grid. Following an additional set of corrections by the Steering Committee, the body adopted the question grid for the 2018 review process in September. The grid lays the foundation for annual reporting in the Partnership and is currently being incorporated into the Textile Partnership Performance Tool (TexPerT). Your access to TexPerT from the previous year is maintained. In the event of any changes, please send an email to review@textilbuendnis.com.

The start of the Review-Process 2018 has been postponed from 1 December 2017 to 2 January 2018, due to difficulties in scheduling a meeting for the Steering Committee to decide on the mandatory and recommended targets. The decision will be taken at the next meeting of the Steering Committee from 22 to 23 November 2017. Along with this, the Steering Committee will also decide whether the submission date for your roadmap and progress report will remain 31 March 2018 or whether it will also be postponed by four weeks to 30 April 2018.

 

Deadlines and volume targets

The Steering Committee also agreed on new specifications for roadmap goals in the 2018 review process. In future, the Partnership will have individual, binding as well as recommended goals. Setting binding and recommended goals not only strengthens the credibility of the Textiles Partnership but also provides you with a more tangible framework providing guidance for your activities and your involvement with the Partnership. The Partnership Secretariat will give priority to developing a range of support for those issues which are addressed by the binding goals.

The Steering Committee is currently holding final discussions on what the binding goals should encompass and a resolution will be passed in the next meeting from 22 to 23 November. We will notify you promptly of the decision reached.

 

Progress reports

In addition to drawing up the second roadmap, all members will next year report for the first time on their progress in implementing the roadmap goals. The Steering Committee has now decided on the extent to which progress reports will be checked and how this will be done. Guidelines stipulating the evidence which is required in the progress reports have been adopted too. The amount of data which is to be taken from the progress reports for the purposes of publication has also been determined. Should the checker and member fail to reach an agreement on the examination opinion, they shall nevertheless agree to a conciliation procedure. We shall notify you as soon as this conciliation panel has been appointed and is able to begin its work.

 

Measurement of results

The Steering Committee discussed at length the Partnership’s approach to measuring results. An external service provider has been commissioned to devise an approach to measuring results in the Partnership in line with the requirements of the Steering Committee. The results are to be presented to the Steering Committee in early 2018.

 

Accreditation mechanism

The Partnership Secretariat continues to collect data as part of the planned recognition and comparison measures in relation to existing standards. The system criteria for eight standards are currently being ascertained and a comparison based on content is being made with 16 standards. The Steering Committee adopted the recommendation of the Natural Fibres Working Group on the minimum requirements for new wool. In terms of their content, the following standard systems and initiatives are therefore recognised for the field of new wool: Responsible Wool Standard Implementation Manual, The IFOAM Norms for Organic Production and Processing, the EU regulation on organic farming, and the ZQ Merino Accreditation Programme. The IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare also cover the minimum requirements of the Partnership in terms of content, although a non-mulesing or ceased-mulesing certificate is additionally required for Australian wool.

The standard systems and initiatives have been recognised in terms of their contents. However, they also need to meet the minimum systemic requirements and are now examined accordingly.

 

Partnership goals

The Steering Committee adopted the consolidation paper on environmental goals and standards, which summarises the Partnership goals in this topic area, as well as the Partnership goals on sheep farming which supplement the existing Partnership goals in the area of natural fibres.

 

Preventing corruption

The expert group for Corruption Prevention and Compliance is currently drawing up a set of guidelines with a particular focus on textiles. This is to be presented in early December for International Anti-Corruption Day and will be made available to you. There are also plans to make the content of the guidelines available for training in the form of webinars within the next year.

 

Don’t forget to also read the other articles in this newsletter

Implementation and internationalisation: decisions of the Steering Committee

New structure for the members’ area

Members’ Meeting 2017