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Webinar Series: Europe’s Green Transition in the Textile Sector

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04.10.2023

Webinar Series: Europe’s Green Transition in the Textile Sector

The webinar series of The Partnership for Sustainable Textile and the Green Button on upcoming legislation under the EU Textile Strategie goes into the second round – Hinweis: Diese Webinar Reihe findet auf Englisch statt

Join the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Green Button on 23rd of October 2023 for the second session of the webinar series to learn more about the EU’s Green Deal and how it will affect the textile and garment sector. Hear from experts and stakeholders about what’s coming and how to be best prepared.

In late 2019, the European Commission published its European Green Deal, the EU’s new growth strategy to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 and to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy. In March 2022, the publication of the Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles followed, setting out a vision to ensure that: “By 2030 textile products placed on the EU market are long lived and recyclable, to a great extent made of recycled fibres, free of hazardous substances and produced in respect of social rights and the environment.”

Under these strategies, the EU Commission has put forward several far-reaching legislative initiatives, many of them are expected to enter into force from 2025 and 2026 onwards. Introducing far-reaching new design requirements, greenwashing regulation, rules to prevent overproduction and overconsumption, and rules to handle textile waste more responsibly, these initiatives will completely overhaul the rules for production, consumption, sale, and disposal of textiles in the EU.

You want to know more about the legislative framework under the EU Green Deal and how it could initiate change and affect your business? Join us for the next webinars on upcoming legislation under the EU Green Deal and the EU Textile Strategy!

The webinar series will provide you with:

  • an introduction to the wider EU policy landscape and how upcoming legislations relate to international obligations
  • a deep dive into specific legislative initiatives that will transform the textile and apparel sector in the coming years
  • a better understanding of how these initiatives will likely impact companies and global supply chains.

Please click here for more information on the series.

23st of October 2023 10am – 11:30am

New reporting requirements and standards: The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

With the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) on the horizon, companies are preparing for the new reporting standard. The new requirements will allow for consistent and comparable reporting that will help both companies to unify their reporting obligations and the public to easily understand and compare sustainability efforts. The webinar will focus on the perspectives of brands, reporting experts and suppliers, we will also critically examine the potential pitfalls of burden sharing between brands, retailers, and suppliers.

Register here.

 

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On track towards more supply chain transparency

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07.09.2023

On track towards more supply chain transparency

Supplier list of Textiles Partnership members published

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles welcomes the upload of the current supplier list of the member companies at our partner Open Supply Hub (OSH). The new list covers all Tier 1 suppliers of member companies, i.e. the stage of confection and final manufacturing, and comprises a total of 8755 production sites worldwide.

Complete Tier 1 supplier list of the partnership companies went public

So far, the publication of supplier data via the aggregated partnership list was voluntary for the companies. In autumn 2022, the steering committee decided to make the transmission of Tier 1 suppliers a mandatory requirement for all alliance companies.
Through the aggregated supplier list, the companies partially disclose their business relationships with the production sites. The list shows that there are partnership companies that have production in the respective factory.

Voluntary commitment of partnership members

Some brands even go beyond the partnership requirements. 9 companies have submitted their production sites, beyond Tier 1 suppliers, directly to OSH, thus creating full transparency about their suppliers. 7 companies have also provided deeper supply chain data to the Textiles Partnership Secretariat.

Exceptions possible - but rare

In addition, it was possible to apply for an exception from the publication of individual production sites. This was approved if a location could be assigned to a specific company. This is because the anonymity of the public data would no longer be guaranteed. Only 3 companies made use of the exception.

Significant added value for the partnership’s work

Besides the gain of transparency in the supply chains of the partnership companies, the extensive register of production sites also has an impact on the work in the partnership: For the planning of projects, the Textiles Partnership Secretariat will in future be able to identify suitable regions and potential candidates for participation even before the projects begin.
In addition, it now recognises from the list of suppliers from which production regions the German textile market obtains its goods. This facilitates the identification of sector risks in the regions.

For more information please visit the Website of the Open Supply Hub.

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Webinar Series: Europe’s Green Transition in the Textile Sector

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05.09.2023

Webinar Series: Europe’s Green Transition in the Textile Sector

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Green Button launch joint webinar series on upcoming legislation under the EU Textile Strategy

Join the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Green Button on 21st of September 2023 for the kick-off of its upcoming six-month webinar series to learn more about the EU’s Green Deal and how it will affect the textile and garment sector. Hear from experts and stakeholders about what’s coming and how to be best prepared.

In late 2019, the European Commission published its European Green Deal, the EU’s new growth strategy to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 and to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy. In March 2022, the publication of the Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles followed, setting out a vision to ensure that: “By 2030 textile products placed on the EU market are long lived and recyclable, to a great extent made of recycled fibres, free of hazardous substances and produced in respect of social rights and the environment.”

Under these strategies, the EU Commission has put forward several far-reaching legislative initiatives, many of them are expected to enter into force from 2025 and 2026 onwards. Introducing far-reaching new design requirements, greenwashing regulation, rules to prevent overproduction and overconsumption, and rules to handle textile waste more responsibly, these initiatives will completely overhaul the rules for production, consumption, sale, and disposal of textiles in the EU.

Six-months webinar series is launching now

You want to know more about the legislative framework under the EU Green Deal and how it could initiate change and affect your business? Join us for a series of six webinars on upcoming legislation under the EU Green Deal and the EU Textile Strategy!

The webinar series will provide you with:

  • an introduction to the wider EU policy landscape and how upcoming legislations relate to international obligations
  • a deep dive into specific legislative initiatives that will transform the textile and apparel sector in the coming years
  • a better understanding of how these initiatives will likely impact companies and global supply chains.

Please click here for more information on the series.

21st of September 2023 10am – 12pm

Kick-off and deep dive into the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

This kick-off session will set the scene for the upcoming webinars, provide an overview of the policy landscape, and dive into one of the initiatives at the heart of the Green Transition: The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). We will look into the details of the CSDDD proposal and its likely implications for the textile sector, both for brands and retailers as well as for suppliers. We will focus on critical issues, the different positions of stakeholders, and learn about where the policy process stands.

Register here.

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Together towards sustainability

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18.08.2023

Together towards sustainability

The new Steering Committee starts its term of office

We are pleased to announce that the Steering Committee of the Textiles Partnership is complete and has started its term of office!

The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body in the Textiles Partnership. Among other matters, it decides on new projects and advises on the general structure and strategy of the Partnership. Every two years, the members elect representatives of their stakeholder group to the Steering Committee.

The Partnership members elected new representatives in June 2023. This resulted in changes in four of the five groups of actors.
As a result of a post-election, in addition to Katrin Kinza (Deerberg GmbH), Anna Rüchardt (HAKRO GmbH) and Kristina Seidler-Lynders (C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG), Isabelle Ilori-King will now also represent the business stakeholder group in the Steering Committee. She is a managing partner of Weitblick® GmbH & Co. KG.
We congratulate Isabelle Ilori-King on her seat in the Steering Committee and thank all the candidates for their candidacy! 

The composition of the Steering Committee can be found on our website

We look forward to working with the Steering Committee to make the textile industry more sustainable and for the Partnership to continue to lead the way for just textile supply chains!  

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KlarTEXt: Neue Plattform für eine nachhaltige Textilindustrie der Hochschule Niederrhein ist gestartet

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03.08.2023

KlarTEXt

Neue Plattform für eine nachhaltige Textilindustrie der Hochschule Niederrhein ist gestartet

Mehrwert durch Kooperation: Mit KlarTEXt ist im Mai ein Forschungs- und Kollaborationsprojekt gestartet, das Kreislaufwirtschaft in Forschung und Praxis voranbringen will. Hindernisse auf dem Weg zu einer nachhaltigen Textilindustrie sollen identifiziert und durch gemeinsame Maßnahmen überwunden werden. Damit unterstützt die neue Kooperationsplattform das Ansinnen der EU-Textilstrategie, den Übergang zu einer nachhaltigen Textilwirtschaft zu fördern.

Ob Mode oder Workwear, Outdoor- oder Heimtextilien: Forschende und Expert*innen teilen auf der KlarTEXt Plattform ihre Kenntnisse rund um Materialien, Funktionen, Zirkularität und Ressourceneffizienz. Insbesondere auch kleine und mittlere Unternehmen können auf dieses Wissen zugreifen, um ihre Textilien nachhaltiger zu gestalten und dabei die eigene Innovationskraft zu stärken. Gleichzeitig sollen auch Verbraucher*innen durch KlarTEXt über Hintergründe, Zusammenhänge und wesentliche Entwicklungen informiert werden.

Das Sektorvorhaben Nachhaltiger Konsum, zu dem auch das Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien und das staatliche Siegel Grüner Knopf gehören, vertritt die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH als Partner bei KlarTEXt. Das Projekt wird über vier Jahre mit rund zwei Millionen Euro vom Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen gefördert.

Mit an Bord sind u.a. die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, DWI Leibniz Institut, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, Nova-Institut, Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie sowie C&A’s FIT GmbH.

Hier erfahren Sie mehr zu KlarTEXt: Neue Kooperationsplattform für eine nachhaltige Textilwirtschaft startet – Hochschule Niederrhein (hs-niederrhein.de)

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Step by step towards recyclability

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13.07.2023

Step by step towards recyclability

Textiles Partnership project "Circular Product Clones II" presents further recommendations on product design

As part of the second phase of the Product Clones project of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the Research Institute for Textiles and Clothing (FTB) of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (HSNR) has once again presented concrete recommendations for action for sustainable product design. Using the two product groups "quilted jacket" and "shirt" as examples, the project"Product Clone II" identified obstacles to the circularity and recyclability of products and presented more sustainable alternatives. Four member companies brought in their specific products for this, shared results of the analysis and worked together on solutions and processes. The project builds on the findings from the previous study "Product Clone I", which examined a large number of different products: from wedding dresses, bed linen, and workwear to trekking jackets and socks.

Design solutions in line with the EU Ecodesign Directive

The project aimed at sustainable design solutions that are in line with the future requirements of the EU Ecodesign Directive and at the same time take into account the fundamental conflict between durability and recyclability of textiles. This is where several conflicting goals lie dormant: for example, a larger proportion of recycled fibres in the product often shortens the useful life. Functionalising textiles extends their service life but makes their fibre-to-fibre recycling more difficult. A timeless design for longer usability conflicts with the desire for seasonal and fashionable design.

Conflicting goals? Successive product generations could be the solution

In order to mitigate these conflicting goals, the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences recommends that the requirements of the EU Ecodesign Directive could be implemented step by step in three to five successive product generations: In case of the shirt product group, for example, the durability of a textile should first be in the foreground in the first generation, then its recycled content should be increased in the second generation, and finally the recyclability should be expanded in the third generation.

Repairability and modular design

For the quilted jacket product category, durability has been identified as a key feature, therefore reparability is considered a crucial intermediate step. For zips in particular, for example, various starting points are identified that concern material, production and the use of standard sizes for better and cheaper replaceability. However, potentials also arise in the jacket category through a modular construction: a variable design - for example through reversible jackets, removable inner jackets, or detachable sleeves - increases the range of the use of the jacket and at the same time can provide impulses for the conflict of objectives between a durable timeless design and short-term fashion trends.

Fit for future processes

Other advantages would include modified cutting patterns with fewer parts, manufacturing techniques that replace the use of elastane for cuffs or the use of secondary raw materials such as coloured polyester from post-consumer waste instead of PET bottles. Readable QR codes make it possible to scan and recognise the material composition, facilitate subsequent separation. This information could also be made available to end consumers as a digital product passport. The use of mono-materials and self-dissolving yarns also lays the foundation for future recycling processes, which are currently still in the pilot stage and therefore not yet available.

The project team concludes: At least five criteria of the future EU Ecodesign Directive are dedicated to circular economy. Early discussion and preparation for the innovations that the EU Textile Strategy will bring is crucial for the European textile and clothing industry. The challenges and conflicting goals can best be overcome if companies work together to find solutions. Exchange and cooperation between brands are crucial here. At the same time, they can benefit from the use of secondary materials, joint procurement of larger quantities of materials and shared logistics. 

The analyses were conducted under the direction of Prof. Dr. Maike Rabe, Prof. Dipl. Ellen Bendt and Benita Rau from the Research Institute for Textiles and Clothing (FTB) at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (HSNR); the companies Blutsgeschwister, Hakro, Seidensticker and S.Oliver contributed their products. In exchange with the companies, a team of students at HSNR worked out solutions for the aspects raised in the analysis and checked the plausibility of the design changes. Involved were: Berat Arici, Nadine Bullerdiek, Sakshi Chaudhary, Pauline Jetter, Malina Lumpp, Jana Oldenburg, Rosalie Schilling, Tamara Theilmann, Yifan Yang.

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We continue collaborating with Fair Wear on a joint grievance mechanism approach

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07.07.2023

Collaboration on joint grievance mechanism approach

Fair Wear and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles continue working on the improvement of effective access to remedy
Cooperation between the Partnership and Fair Wear enters a second phase

Following a first pilot phase that generated some key learning, the cooperation of Fair Wear and the German Partnership on Sustainable Textiles (PST) will continue into a second 18 months pilot phase. Under the first phase, Fair Wear opened its grievance mechanism to the members of other industry initiatives for the first time. Now, the aim is to scale up by expanding to further countries. Besides the two production countries included in the first phase, India and Vietnam, the project will now also take place in Bangladesh, Turkey, and in Eastern European countries. The project seeks to provide access to remedy for more workers in the textile and garment industry, while at the same time testing a model for a jointly accessible grievance mechanisms – addressing the risks of multiple remedy systems existing in parallel and confusion for the intended users. As of May 2023, the participating brands are Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG, textilhandel-cotton-n-more GmbH, Karl Diekhoff GmbH & Co. KG and Esprit Europe Services GmbH. From the side of the civil society PST members, the project is accompanied by FEMNET e.V.

Expanding the complaint mechanism to provide remedy to more workers

Fair Wear’s grievance mechanism is easily accessible for factory workers, who can call or text a local complaints handler to raise a complaint. After checking whether the complaint falls under the mandate of Fair Wear, the claim is forwarded to the brand to approach the concerned factory. The involved parties work together to solve the problem and find remedy for the affected worker(s). The system is based on the principle of shared responsibility between the brand and the factory, and using the leverage that brands have at factories to facilitate remediation. Throughout the process, Fair Wear protects the complainant’s identity, while involving other stakeholders such as worker representatives and unions or providing support for undertaking legal steps if necessary. The complaints are open to the public in an anonymised form on the Fair Wear Website.

Awareness is key

A grievance mechanism can only work if the intended users know about it and trust it. Based on the takeaways of the first phase, the project will put a stronger focus on raising awareness amongst workers. Fair Wear will visit some of the participating production locations to ensure that workers know about their rights and the existence and benefit of the Fair Wear mechanism. In parallel, the project partners (especially FEMNET and the PST) will work on an approach to involve local NGOs and worker organisations in awareness raising and accompanying workers in filing complaints where necessary. Furthermore, there will be onboarding sessions for the factory management, highlighting the benefits of trusted complaint mechanisms to foster a supportive environment for the project and enhance their participation and cooperation.

Benefits for all

The project’s main objective is to provide effective access to remedy to textile and garment workers to address violations of their labour rights safely and anonymously, and thus improve their overall working conditions. But the participating brands and factories also benefit from this, as the project addresses substantial requirements from the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD guidelines. As national and European level legislation is brought in, these guidelines will become binding. By participating, the companies can share experience, identify best practices and get on track with the human rights due diligence obligations. At the same time, Fair Wear, the PST and other multi-stakeholder initiatives will gain worthwhile experience about the process of scaling up existing grievance mechanisms to a jointly usable system, for more coherence and coordination in providing effective access to remedy. This knowledge will likely shape future projects to cover even more workers with trustworthy and reliable remedy structures and contribute to efforts on aligning the approaches of different initiatives.

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Mitgliedschaft hat einen neuen Steuerungskreis gewählt

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27.06.2023

Partnership members have elected a new Steering Committee

The Textiles Partnership is starting the next round with a new Steering Committee. In the Partnership initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), there will be changes in four of the five stakeholder groups. In future, the central decision-making body of the multi-stakeholder initiative will include more women than men. The new Steering Committee will continue to drive forward the strategic realignment decided last year, so that the Partnership will maintain its role as a pioneer alliance for fair supply chains, also in the context of the new legal requirements.

The results of the election at a glance

The following candidates received the majority of votes (in alphabetical order):

Business

  • Katrin Kinza (Deerberg GmbH)
  • Anna Rüchardt (HAKRO GmbH)
  • Kristina Seidler-Lynders (C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Tobias Wollermann (Otto Group)

Tobias Wollermann does not accept the election and thus leaves the Steering Committee prematurely. There will be a post-election for this seat, the result of which will probably be determined and announced on 16.8.2023.

Non-governmental organization

  • Alexandra Caterbow (HEJSupport e.V.)
  • Berndt Hinzmann (INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.)
  • Lavinia Muth (FEMNET e.V.)

Government

  • Moritz Blanke (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
  • Anja Mager (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection)
  • Dirk Meyer (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Standard Organizations

  • Claudia Kersten (Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH)

Unions

  • Annika Wünsche (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund)

Kristina Seidler-Lynders Kristina Seidler-Lynders from C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG has been newly elected to the Steering Committee and intends to approach her role constructively and ambitiously: "I would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in my candidacy, and I am pleased that in future I will be able to represent the members of the Business Stakeholders Group and actively contribute to the strategic orientation and the shaping of the Partnership's work. There are numerous challenges for the sector for which solutions are found jointly in the Textiles Partnership. This is where the Partnership's greatest potential lies. I look forward to working with the other stakeholder groups on innovative and progressive solutions, contributing to fair supply chains while moving the industry forward."

Also, Anna Rüchardt from HAKRO is looking forward to the new task with a zest for action: "I am very happy to actively shape the future of the Textiles Partnership as a member of the Steering Committee and to represent all member companies. We need solutions that no one has thought of yet. Solutions that we can put into practice. Solutions that help us to change our economic activity for the better and to fulfil our responsibility as a company, also in order to secure ourselves economically. It is precisely this intersection of positive impact in the supply chains and feasibility in business practice that we need to balance for the Textiles Partnership to be able to provide the best possible support. Therefore, I look forward to working together with the representatives of all stakeholder groups."

Lavinia Muth from Femnet is also a first-time member, succeeding Gisela Burckhardt in the civil society stakeholder group, who did not run again. "I am pleased to have been elected to the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles as a representative of the civil society. Together with Berndt Hinzmann from INKOTA-netzwerk and Alexandra Caterbow from HEJSupport, it is our goal to continue to push boundaries and in particular to achieve positive changes for living wages and gender justice in a constructive discourse with the business community. The recent elections have brought a wave of new faces to the Steering Committee, symbolising the diversity and dynamism of our collective efforts."

Linda Schraml, Head of the Partnership Secretariat, sees the election as a momentum for change: "The numerous candidatures reflect the high relevance of the Textiles Partnership, and the new members of the Steering Committee will certainly set their own accents that will develop a new dynamic. I congratulate all the elected representatives on their election and look forward to working with you and all the members of the Partnership to bring the Partnership's new direction to life in order to further anchor human rights and environmental due diligence in global supply chains, to strengthen the impact in the production countries and to give impetus to the focus issues of living wages and purchasing practices, circular economy and climate protection, gender justice as well as grievance mechanisms and redress. At the same time, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the now resigning Steering Committee members for their cooperation. They have played a decisive role in shaping the direction the Textile Partnership has taken and have also proven with the new orientation that the Textiles Partnership is a pioneer alliance."

The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. In its meetings, the Steering Committee decides, among other matters, on the strategic direction of the Partnership. Every two years, the members of the various stakeholder groups elect their representatives to the Steering Committee. Voting for the current election was possible in the period 01.06.2023 to 21.06.2023.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles was founded in 2014 as a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative in a barely regulated environment. Representatives from business, politics, and civil society work together to ensure that human rights and ecological due diligence obligations are implemented in Germany, Europe, and worldwide. With the disclosure of supplier information and the obligatory participation in initiatives in production countries on focus topics, the Partnership wants to go beyond legal requirements and, in particular, initiate changes on the ground.

The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act came into force in Germany on 1 January 2023. For the first time, this law makes compliance with human rights in supply chains binding for companies.

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More than 25.500 workers participated in trainings on factory-internal grievance mechanisms

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31.05.2023

More than 25.500 workers participated in trainings on factory-internal grievance mechanisms

The project “Strengthening factory-internal grievance structures in the Pakistani textile industry” is coming to a successful end.

The projectwas launched in February 2021 with the aim to support suppliers in setting up or further develop the functioning of internal complaints structures, and to enable management and workers to solve incidents and grievances through dialogue (see Fairtrade´s news article at the beginning of the project). Grievances could concern aspects such as e.g. insecure work environment, forced over-hours, insufficient wages, harassment etc. Now, with the end of the project, complaints committees in 16 factories have been established and 303 master trainers have trained more than 25.500 fellow workers in 640 individual orientation sessions.

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST), the GIZ Programme TextILES, Fairtrade Germany and Partnership member companies Primark, Takko, HUGO BOSS, Kettelhack and tex idea jointly implemented the project. The project set-up was based on the experiences and practices of the Fairtrade Textile Programme, which has been successfully implemented since 2014 in India. The project started with a training seminar in Dubai at the end of March, where Fairtrade trainers from India shared their knowledge with the selected trainer team in Pakistan. Meanwhile the five PST members started conversations with their suppliers regarding their participation in the project.

Kick-off meetings in Punjab and Karachi

In total, the companies selected nine factories. Seven more where nominated by the GIZ Programme TextILES, which has long-standing experience in working with the Pakistani textile industry on sustainability topics. The participating suppliers were invited to a kick-off meeting either in Punjab or Karachi in order to learn about the project details, the legal situation in Pakistan as well as the basics of effective grievance mechanisms. These two joint meetings were well received by the stakeholders: „The Roll Out Plan has provided us with a clear picture of the project's execution. We now understand the definition of a grievance and when and how it should be heard, addressed, or resolved.” (Manager HR & Compliance, participating supplier)

Establishment of grievance committees in almost 16 factories

The local trainer team then carried out baseline and pre-assessments in all 16 factories in order to get an idea of their internal situation on grievance mechanisms. This data showed that a majority of the factories had not had any grievance committees in place before the start of the project. Similarly, in almost none of the factories the workers had been aware of these committees and its functions. Only in one single factory a grievance cases record had been available. This was followed by the set-up and training of grievance committees at all 16 factories. All of them received trainings in order to build capacity and awareness about their roles and responsibilities. The committees also received materials such as templates for filing complaints and for documentation both in local language and English.

In order to make sure that all workers were aware of the new structures, the team conducted various sessions to train 230 male and 73 female workers as master trainers. Unlike in other textile and garment manufacturing countries, the workforce in Pakistan is mostly male. The master trainers acquired knowledge on workers’ rights and the grievance procedure and developed roll out plans with the aim to forward their knowledge to the whole workforce. In a total of 640 individual orientation sessions, these 303 master trainers together passed on the information to more than 25.500 fellow workers – done on the factory floor / training center during or in-between shifts.

Project participants support the continuation of the project

The local coordinator carried out post assessments in November and December 2022 . The result: In all 16 factories complaints committees were established and members of these committees and the respective procedures were known among the workforce. To round off the project, the local trainer team invited the management of all participating suppliers to several exchange meetings in Punjab and Karachi in order to present their learnings and results and to share some experiences. All participants showed great openness and commitment. Further, an external evaluation was conducted in order to assess the impact of the project intervention. Results show that all participating factories have established grievance committees and all members of those were trained on their roles and responsibilities. Almost all of the workers (more than 90%), that were randomly selected for interviews, confirmed to be very satisfied or satisfied with the newly set up grievance mechanism and some interviewees gave examples of specific changes after the set-up:

“I think and believe that grievance management system is more beneficial for the women workers […]. The impact of the system that I see that women workers pointed their concerns to grievance management committee about less facilities and rest options during break hours and now women in our factory has like separate prayer area designated for women, day care center established for women who have minors, specified women canteen area in the factory and all this happened after the formation of grievance management committee and when concerns of women were highlighted. We can confidently say that grievance management system minimized the inequalities for the women workers.”

“I genuinely found this whole GMP journey full of learning opportunities which are helping us strengthen our internal grievance management system functionality and its effectiveness at ground level. Throughout the process, I have witnessed people's engagement in this well-structured program from kick-off sessions to its implementation program in an unconventional manner. It will certainly boost our confidence and level up our grievance management through the knowledge imparted by the competent and experienced trainers of GIZ and Fairtrade specially Mr. Shakir who was a great lead support across the process.” (Sr Manager System & Compliance, participating supplier) 

The project was jointly financed through contributions from GIZ, the five Partnership companies and Fairtrade Germany. In regular meetings, the companies, GIZ and Fairtrade Germany came together to discuss the project progress. While this project phase is now coming to an end, the group already agreed that the positive resonance calls for a continuation of the great work on the ground. “It is great to see that the intervention was relevant for the factories and brought some immediate changes for the workers. Now we call on companies and factories alike to continue the work to improve working conditions through grievance mechanisms and further instruments. We are ready to support through our Fairtrade Textile Programme and Standard”, Dr. Bettina von Reden, Head of International Projects and Partnerships at Fairtrade Germany said.

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Towards decent work for all

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25.04.2023

Towards decent work for all

Asia’s textile industry 10 years after Rana Plaza

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (CEST)
GIZ Representation | Reichpietschufer 20 | 10785 Berlin, Germany and virtually (hybrid event)

Ten years ago, on 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing over 1,000 people. Just a few months earlier, in September 2012, a fatal fire killed more than 250 workers at the Ali Enterprise textile factory in Pakistan. These terrible disasters cast a harsh spotlight on the dark side of the global textile supply chain. It generated a surge of action, with activist groups and civil society organizations lobbying for better health and safety conditions for garment workers.

In Bangladesh, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety (ACCORD), a legally binding agreement aimed at ensuring that garment workers have safe workplaces, was established, succeeded by the Ready Made Garment Sustainable Council (RSC) being set up in May 2020. In Germany, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) launched the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles as well as the state-run textile certification label Green Button.

BMZ is hosting this event to highlight the improvements in Asia’s textile industry and to discuss remaining challenges. Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Bärbel Kofler will be discussing these questions together with other high-level speakers.

The event will take place in Berlin and will be streamed live. For the latest information on the event, please send an email to decentwork@greenstorming-event.de. You can access the live stream via this link on April 25: Decent work for all: Asia’s textile industry 10 years after Rana Plaza.