The three Specialist Working Groups on Social Standards and Living Wages, Chemicals and Environmental Management, and Natural Fibres have defined key questions and indicators which are to serve as foundation of the review process and as aid for members in assessing their initial position. Based on their individual initial position all members are obliged to devise an individual roadmap and submit it to the Partnership Secretariat until 31 January 2017.
The Leuphana University, Lüneburg, and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles invite you to the “S³C – 2nd Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development” from September 12th – 18th in Lüneburg, Germany. The Summer School, aimed at national and international scholars and experts from universities, research institutes, international organisations as well as ministries and other governmental agencies, will provide information on the newest theoretical and practical developments of Sustainable Chemistry. On the main topic “sustainable chemistry in the textile value chain”, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles will present activities and developments of sustainable chemistry and environmental management within the textile sector.»more
Partnership for Sustainable Textiles sees fivefold membership increase in first year
(Berlin, 16 October 2015) - One year on from its inception, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has brought together almost half of the German textile industry with policy-makers and civil society. All member groups are represented on the recently appointed Steering Committee, which has been coordinating a range of specialist groups since August as they devise specific partnership activities. »more
New Steering Committee elected
(Berlin, 30 July 2015) - The election of the new Steering Committee has been completed. From August 1st, 2015, the respective stakeholders in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are represented by the following members:
The representatives of the organizations elected into the new Steering Committee of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (from left: Frank Zach, Stefan Genth, Nico Kemmler, Dr Johannes Merck, Claudia Kersten, Dr Bernhard Felmberg, Dr Gisela Burckhardt, Berndt Hinzmann, Dr Uwe Mazura, Dr Torsten Christen, Maik Pflaum. Not present: Sandra Dusch Silva and Dr Jan Berger). ©Textilbündnis/T.Ecke
The new Steering Committee of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
4 business representatives:
- Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie e.V.
- Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) e.V.
- Otto GmbH & Co KG
- Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co KG
3 representatives from non-governmental organizations:
- Christliche Initiative Romero
- Femnet e.V.
- INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.
3 representatives from the Federal Government:
- Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ
- Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – BMAS
- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety - BMUB
1 union representative
- Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund - DGB
1 representative from non-commercial standard organizations
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The inaugural meeting of the new Steering Committee is scheduled for August 12, 2015.
Strong growth of members in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
(Berlin, 09 June 2015) - During the last weeks, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles established an important prerequisite to generate an impact in the manufacturing countries and to receive international recognition. In addition to the central associations in the textile industry (HDE, AVE and Textil+Mode), big international companies such as H&M, C&A, KiK, Adidas and Puma as well as Tchibo, ALDI, Lidl and the REWE Group joined the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. The current number of members exceeds 100 and comprises of both producers specialized in sustainable products as well as the wider textile- and clothing market.
Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, was delighted: “This is an important sign. It makes Germany a frontrunner with regard to the international efforts towards fair standards in the global supply chain. Germany is taking action in the field of sustainable textiles. Together with all participants we will achieve fair social and ecological standards within the textile production – from cotton field to clothes hanger.”
The overarching objective of the Textile Partnership is to improve social, economic and environmental conditions along the entire supply chain in the textile and apparel sector. Therefore, the Partnership sees itself as a platform, which the involved parties can use to review jointly the progress made towards achieving the agreed goals, sharing experience and best practices as well as learning from one another.