Collective Engagement

Partnership Initiatives are measures in textile producing countries which are jointly devised, carried and implemented by a number of members of the Textiles Partnership. They are supposed to improve the basic conditions on the ground, integrate suppliers and local actors, and create Best Practices in the process. The initiatives therefore contribute directly to the achievement of the Partnership’s goals and enable single members to effectively and efficiently contribute to improvements in environmental and social standards in the producing countries. Further points of contact and areas of action for future potential initiatives alongside the entire textile value chain can be derived primarily from the individual measurement plans of the Partnership members.

Currently two Partnership Initiatives are being undertaken:

Systemic Improvement of Labour Conditions in the Tamil Nadu Textile and Garment Industry

In Tamil Nadu (South India) social standards in spinning and weaving companies are being introduced systematically, leading to significant improvements of working conditions, especially for women and young girls.

It is the goal of the Partnership´s initiative to initiate changes on different levels.
On the political level, the initiative strives for the creation of appropriate conditions for dialogue and cooperation between all relevant actors of the local garment industry. A comprehensive training sensitizes the factory’s management in the aim of driving implementation of statutory social standards in the working environment further forward as well as provides information rights. Additionally, these trainings focus on the establishment of legally binding conciliation and grievance committees in participating production units which employees can address in the case of infringement of labour and human rights. In cooperation with the government of Tamil Nadu, trainings for governmental labour and accommodation inspectors shall take place in order to improve the quality of official controls.

FEMNET, HUGO BOSS, KiK, Otto Group, Tchibo and the Federal Ministry of Cooperation and Development are involved in the Partnership’s initiative. Moreover, Transfair (Fairtrade Germany) and Brands Fashion shares their knowledge and best practices with the project.

For more information about the Partnership Members engagement and the work in Tamil Nadu, find here an interview with Mary Viyakula from the local partner organisation Save. Furthermore you can find our factsheet on this Partnership Initiative here.

Strengthening the Sustainable Chemical and Environmental Management of the Textile Sector

Through the introduction of a sustainable and innovative chemical and environmental management in production units in the Asian region, harmful chemicals of wet processes are substituted and therefore labour safety as well as the protection of environment are guaranteed.

In order to raise awareness for a responsible handling of chemicals in the working process, the access to suitable workshops, trainings and dialogue events, supported by comprehensive training materials, is improved. Target groups of these trainings and workshops are not only workers in factories, who are directly exposed to chemicals in their working environment, but also other actors such as local authorities, associations and NGOs.

The Partnership’s initiative started in the priority countries China and Bangladesh. Other regions are supposed to follow.

Currently, 18 members of the Partnership are involved in the initiative. By signing the letter of intent, ALDI NORD, ALDI SUED, Amfori, Brands Fashion, Deuter, EDEKA Zentrale Ag & Co., Federal Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), Hej Support, KiK, OekoTex, Otto Group, Orsay, Rewe Group, Sympatex, Takko, Tchibo, the Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI), and ZDHC Foundation confirmed their cooperation and financial support for a broad qualification program.


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Initiatives in the textile and clothing sector

The members and cooperation partners of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles proof their great commitment to achieve social, ecological and economic improvements alongside the entire textile supply chain.
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