Collective Commitment

Partnership Initiatives are measurements in textile producing countries which are jointly devised, carried and implemented by a number of of members of the Textiles Partnership. They are supposed to improve the basic conditions on the ground, integrate suppliers and local actors, and create Best Practices in the process. The initiatives therefore contribute directly to the achievement of the Partnership’s goals and enable single members to effectively and efficiently contribute to improvements in environmental and social standards in the producing countries. Further points of contact and areas of action for future potential initiatives alongside the entire textile value chain can be derived primarily from the individual measurement plans of the Partnership members.

Currently three Partnership Initiatives are being undertaken:

Improvement of working conditions in South India

In South Indian Tamil Nadu social standards in spinning and weaving companies are being introduced systematically, leading to a significant improvement of working conditions especially for women and young girls. By the means of extensive measurements such as the realization of “change management programmes” in the spinning companies, working conditions are expected to improve, and the awareness for sustainability issues as well as the willingness to cooperate are supposed to be strengthened. Another goal is to raise the quality of governmental examinations of working conditions by conducting trainings for the inspectors.

Strengthening of sustainable chemicals and environmental management in the textile sector (regional focus: Asia)

By introducing a sustainable chemicals and environmental management on production sites in the Asiatic region, improvements in labor safety as well as protection of the environment are anticipated.

To raise awareness for a responsible handling of chemicals in the work processes, access to suitable trainings ought to be improved. Target groups of these trainings are not only the workers in the factories, who are directly exposed to chemicals in their working environment, but also other actors such as local authorities, associations and NGOs.

Other dialogue formats provide a basis for exchange with research facilities, universities and the chemical industry.

Improvement of water management for a sustainable value chain in the cotton sector in Pakistan

Currently, a new project in water management is launched in Pakistan. It is expected to reduce the extremely high water consumption in the production of cotton and, thus, also alleviate the conflict in the competition for drinking water supply. By improving water security as well as optimizing water efficiency alongside the cotton value chain, broad-based economic growth in selected regions of Pakistan is pursued.

Publikation: Wir setzen um - Grundsätze zur Entwicklung und Durchführung von Bündnisinitiativen | Herausgeber: Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien, Juli 2017

We make things work – Principles for developing and conducting Partnership Initiatives

Editor: Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, July 2017
Making textile supply chains sustainable – The value of membership

Making textile supply chains sustainable – The value of membership

Editor: Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, Juny 2017
Titelbild Broschüre BMZ: Gemeinsame Fortschritte im Textilsektor – Das Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien

Joint achievements in the textile sector – Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Editor: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, May 2017