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.

Tex­ti­les Partnership

Exch­an­ging know­ledge,
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: Textilbü

Purcha­sing Practices
»Respon­si­ble purcha­sing prac­ti­ces enab­le sup­pliers to plan their pro­duc­tion and working hours effec­tively and to pay workers fair­ly. At the same time, they enab­le sup­pliers to invest in the over­all impro­ve­ment of working con­di­ti­ons. In this way, they streng­t­hen resi­li­en­ce in the sup­ply chain.«

(source: Textilbü

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