Enhancing transparency in textile value chains


The project aims to ensure that approaches and recommendations for action are available to enhance transparency and improve compliance with social and environmental standards in the textile and clothing supply chain. Recommendations should be widely applicable.

Short description

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has set itself the goal of making textile and clothing supply chains more sustainable. To this end, it is seeking to enhance transparency for consumers, so that they can make an informed decision on what to purchase. Customers ought to be able to see from the product what steps were involved in production, in what companies they were made and under what social and environmental conditions. For this reason the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles supports the further development of chains of custody, to be performed by a working group. Since Bangladesh is one of the most important textile-producing countries, the initiative analyses the challenges faced by Bangladesh’s businesses when they attempt to achieve transparency in their supply chain and report on compliance with social and environmental standards.


Publication of ‘Ten Tips for Transparency’, which uses 10 case studies from the textile and clothing industry to illustrate the challenges involved and possible solutions to achieve greater transparency. The results were also summarised in an animated film.

Enhancing transparency in textile value chains

Country / Region:
Bangladesh / Dhaka

Project running time:
2015 – 2016

Project partners:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

© GIZ / Shumon Ahmed

© GIZ / Shumon Ahmed

As of: March 2018