Today marks the start of the 2021 Review Process for members of the Textiles Partnership. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned start in spring 2020 was postponed by one year.
The Review Process represents the individual commitment of the companies in the Textiles Partnership to take responsibility for sustainability in their supply chain. The aim of the review process is to effectively prevent and mitigate the major social, environmental and compliance risks in the value chain.
In 2019, the Review Process was fundamentally revised on the basis of the OECD Alignment Assessment and the due diligence approach was focused on. The new Review Process is based on the requirements and specifications of international frameworks such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the Textile Sector and the ILO Core Labor Standards.
Around 70 Partnership companies are called upon to conduct an individual risk analysis, set targets and define measures. In the risk analysis, they must consider these eleven sector risks:
From today until May 31, companies can enter their data in the Partnerships's own TexPerT tool. In-person assessments will then take place and, as things currently stand, initial results can be expected in October.
The members of the other stakeholder groups - i.e. associations, non-governmental organisations, standard setting organisations, trade unions and the Federal Government - also fulfil a reporting obligation in the Partnership. They report on how they have contributed to the Partnership in the past reporting period and what measures they have undertaken to achieve the Textiles Partnership's objectives.