News from the projects

Achieving more together – the Partnership Initiative on Living Wages is launched!

The Steering Committee approved the launch of the Partnership Initiative on Living Wages at its meeting on 30 November. It is intended to help companies continually increase industry wages by improving their internal purchasing practices and by strengthening freedom of association and collective agreements in production countries. The Partnership Initiative will have a modular structure. In a basic module, companies participating in the Partnership Initiative commit themselves to analyse their purchasing practices using the Purchasing Practices Self-Assessment Tool developed by Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT), and to improve them on this basis. In additional modules, companies will also demand that living wages are paid in production countries. Cambodia is currently expected to be the first pilot country. In Cambodia the Partnership Initiative is planning to promote implementation of the collective agreement supported by the ACT in the industry by involving more companies in the Partnership. On 17 January, the expert group will hold a webinar providing information about the Initiative. You can participate in the webinar via a link in the Members’ area. Companies wishing to join the Initiative should contact the Secretariat.

Contact: Kristin Huber

Ten projects by our members

Under the slogan ‘Learning from one another, jointly achieving targets’, the Partnership presents ten selected projects here (in German), in which Partnership members are working to improve social, environmental and economic conditions along the entire textile supply chain. While ALDI SÜD and ALDI Nord are working on early learning and Brands Fashion concentrates on living wages, C&A has developed the world’s first completely circular jeans. Learn how transparency can be created for sustainable cotton and how consumers can find out about the origin and production of their textiles thanks to a transparency code at Dibella and GREIFF. Lebenskleidung focuses on the importance of a regional wool value chain, while ZDHC provides information about substituting harmful chemicals in the production of synthetic leather. Terre des hommes is campaigning for an end to child labour and forced labour in the textile industry in southern India. VAUDE is also working with its level-2 suppliers to improve environmental and social standards, and KiK is enhancing building safety in Pakistan by adopting the Bangladesh Accord Standards.The projects have differing themes but they all aim to make products and processes more sustainable. They all share their experience with implementation, offer basic information for initiating similar projects, and generate impetus for cooperation.

Environmental and chemicals management: Piloting basic training

The Partnership Initiative’s first basic training session has taken place in Lahore, Pakistan. At the event, local textile producers who use wet processing gained an overview of practical approaches to embracing more sustainable environmental and chemicals management. The training session on 1 December was a good place for swapping ideas following the Environmental Forum in Lahore on 28 and 29 November. Partnership members had invited their suppliers and got a huge response. More than 80 people applied to take part, but there were only 40 places available. Participants included suppliers of Aldi, Brands Fashion, Primark, Rewe, s.Oliver, Takko and Tchibo. They also expressed very strong interest in further training sessions in Pakistan.

New wool – support services

Guidelines entitled Developing and implementing your own policy – Responsible procurement of new wool are now available as a new support service in the area of fibres. This document describes various aspects that members should take into consideration when drawing up a policy and give suggestions for content. You can access the guidelines either from the Members’ area under Tools and Support, or by clicking here.