Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
Accidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 have tragically brought the issue of social and ecological grievances in global textile production to the public’s attention. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder partnership with the aim of achieving social, ecological and economic improvements along the entire textile value chains.
We are convinced that only the joint initiative of all stakeholders in the textile value chain can lead to a holistic implementation of sustainability in the textile industry. That is why Kettelhack joined the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles in 2015. This partnership is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the German federal government. Here, business (companies in the textile sector and associations), non-governmental organisations, trade unions, standards organisations and the German Federal government are committed to achieving social, ecological and economic improvements along the textile value chain. This is done through joint projects on the ground, and by each member shouldering their own individual responsibility.
The Textiles Partnership aligns its work with international agreements and guidelines that define the principles of social, ecological and economic sustainability and set the framework for corporate responsibility. In implementing the goals, the Textiles Partnership is strongly guided by the OECD due diligence guidance of corporate due diligence in the garment and footwear sector.
Becoming active …
For its members, the Textiles Partnership is a platform for networking, knowledge exchange and joint action. In addition, the progress by the member companies is checked and made visible by means of a review process and action plans.
Our commitment to the Textiles Partnership
As part of our membership, we get involved, for example, by participating in various working groups or through bilateral exchange with other members. By participating in workshops and webinars, we always get new input from experts, learn about best practice examples and exchange ideas with other stakeholders.
Step by step…
In recent years, we have already made some progress with the help of our membership.
Here is a small excerpt:
- Staff training on requirements from the Textiles Partnership, risks in the supply chain, standards and certifications
- Holding a supplier day with our partners in raw fabric procurement to raise awareness of the issue of sustainability and to present future (Partnership) requirements
- Participate in the On-Site Partnership Initiative on Responsible Purchasing Practices and derive direct improvement actions.
For more information, see the respective progress reports and action plans from previous years.
Annual Topic 2021:
Responsible Purchasing Practices
Every year, the Textile Partnership sets a new annual topic. In 2021, the focus is on responsible purchasing practices. The current Corona pandemic shows that effective cooperation between purchasing companies and suppliers is crucial to protect the rights of workers in the supply chain. But what exactly is meant by “responsible purchasing practices”?
Basic training on responsible purchasing pracitces
The basic training below answers exactly this question! The video was produced by the Partnership Secretariat with the support of Partnership member ALDI Süd and is now available on the Textile Partnership website for all interested parties.
In the 30-minute basic training in video format, one learns, among other things, what the term purchasing practices encompasses and what ways and measures there are for a company to contribute to better working conditions in the supply chain through responsible purchasing practices. (source: Textilbündnis.com)