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.

The Steering Committee

The most important decision-making panel is the Steering Committee, in which all stakeholder groups are represented in proportion to their representation in the Partnership. The Steering Committee has been re-elected in May 2017 and is made up of the following representatives:

  • Dr. Uwe Mazura (Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry – t&m)
  • Stefan Genth (Handelsverband Deutschland – HDE e.V.)
  • Dr. Johannes Merck (Otto GmbH & Co KG)
  • Nico Kemmler (Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Dr. Gisela Burckhardt (FEMNET e.V.)
  • Dr. Sabine Ferenschild (SÜDWIND e.V. – Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene)
  • Berndt Hinzmann (INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.)
  • Frank Zach (German Trade Union Confederation – DGB)
  • Claudia Kersten (Global Organic Textile Standard – GOTS)
  • Dr. Bernhard Felmberg (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ)
  • Dr. Torsten Christen (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – BMAS)
  • Anja Mager (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – BMUB)
Specialist Working Groups

The Specialist Working Groups define the standards and measures all Partnership members have committed to implement step-by-step. All stakeholder groups are represented in the six Working Groups:

WG Review Process

The Working Group Review devises the technical and methodological frame for the individual continuous progress of the members. It defines the basic concept for the subject-specific work of the three Specialist Working Groups.

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WG Natural Fibres

The Working Group Natural Fibres examines the process steps in the cultivation of natural fibres/ livestock breeding and fibre extraction (incl. ginning). You can find more on the goals and standards on this topic here.

Download: Consolidation paper ‘Sustainable Natural Fibre Production in the Textile Partnership’

WG Social Standards and Living Wages

The Working Group deals with instruments that check the compliance with social standards and pursue the introduction of living wages. You can find more on the social standards defined by this Working Group here.

Download: Consolidation paper ‘Partnership’s social goals and standards’

WG Chemicals and Environmental Management

The Working Group Chemicals and Environmental Management is aiming for the reduction of the use of toxic substances in the textile production. The textile chapter of the updated MRSL (“Manufacturing Restricted Substances List”) of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals [Version 1.1 from December 2015]) serves as foundation.

Download: Partnership/ZDHC-MRSL

WG Implementation and Internationalization

The tasks of the Working Group Implementation and Internationalization include the shaping and supervision of Partnership’s initiatives as well as the inter-linking of the Partnership on an international level, especially in countries of production.

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WG Communication

The Working Group Communication advises the Partnership Secretariat on the design of the press service and public relations.

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