WHO WE ARE

The Partnership: foundation and goals

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative with about 150 members from the fields of business, politics and the civil society. Together they are striving to improve the social and environmental conditions in the global textile production – from the production of raw materials for textile production to the disposal of textiles. The Textiles Partnership was founded in October 2014 in response to the deadly accidents in textile factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It was initiated by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller. Today, members of the Textiles Partnership already cover about half of the German textile market. Until 2018 the partnership aims to cover 75 percent of the market.

Bodies

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is made up of representatives of five different actor groups. They all have equal rights in the discussions and decision-making processes. As a basis for their work, the members have defined a plan of action and Partnership’s goals; they also have identified priority areas of action and devised a working process.

Members

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder initiative with about 150 members from five different actor groups. Today, members of the Textiles Partnership cover roughly half of the German market (in relation to the 100 top-selling companies in the German textile retail industry). This figure is expected to rise to 75 percent by the end of 2018.

The Textiles Partnership

Foundation:

In response to the tragic accidents in textile factories, the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller initiated the foundation of the Textiles Partnership in 2014.

Members:

Multi-stakeholder initiative with about 150 representatives from five different actor groups (German Federal Government, business, non-governmental organizations, unions, standards organizations)

Goal:

Together, the Partnership members want to achieve social, ecological and economic improvements alongside the entire textile supply chain.

Approach:

Based on jointly defined Partnership goals, all members commit to binding and verifiable targets that become gradually more ambitious. In addition, promising ideas for solutions are promoted through concrete Partnership initiatives in production countries.