What we do

Individual Responsibility

As part of creating a roadmap, members have to answer selected questions related to their purchasing and business practices and their supply chain management but also, for example, to internal and external communication on sustainability issues within their company. For instance, each member must describe how it contributes to reducing the use of toxic chemicals, works to ensure that employees in its factories receive fair wages or supports farmers in switching to sustainable growing methods.

All members begin by recording their own individual starting point in the baseline assessment. They then set goals for the coming year, record these in their annual roadmap, and report on progress towards achieving them.

Reporting and transparency

To help them record their data, members have access to the Partnership’s own Textiles Partnership Performance Tool (TexPerT) software.

To ensure that measurement of progress is credible, baseline assessments, roadmaps and progress reports undergo a plausibility check carried out by external experts.

The first roadmaps were submitted in 2017. This first round served as a kind of ‘dry run’ for all members, and publication was voluntary. Nevertheless, 42 members published their roadmap. From 2018, all members are required to publish their individual roadmap each year.

Similarly, publication of initial progress reports is voluntary in 2018, but all members will be required to publish their reports from 2019.

Deadline and volume goals for all Partnership members

Since 2018, all members have been bound by a number of standard, specific and binding deadline and volume goals. These goals, along with recommended goals, form the basis for the 2018-2020 Review Process.

To help achieve continual progress towards these goals, specific goals have been set for 2018, 2019 and 2020. These have been tailored to the individual stakeholder groups within the Partnership and are oriented to international frameworks, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and ILO and OECD standards.

Click here for an overview of the deadline and volume goals agreed within the Steering Committee.

Alongside individual goals, Partnership members have also jointly agreed to use at least 35% sustainable cotton by 2020, with 10% of the total volume being organic cotton. The aim is to increase the proportion of sustainable cotton to 70% by 2025, with 20% being organic cotton.

Each Partnership member involved in purchasing cotton makes their own contribution to collective success by gradually increasing the proportion of sustainable cotton they use. So that progress towards meeting the goals can be measured, Partnership members have laid down minimum requirements for sustainable cotton growing. On this basis, the Partnership has agreed on 11 standards systems that are reflected to contribute to achievement of the Partnership’s goals.

The standards include: the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) standard, the Australian myBMP standard, Cotton made in Africa, Fairtrade Cotton and CottonConnect. The following standards apply to purchasing of organic cotton: the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (NATURTEXTIL IVN) standard, the Textile Exchange Organic Content Standard (OCS), the bioRe Social & Environmental Standard and all the organic standards forming part of the IFOAM Family of Standards. IFOAM standards, along with the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), also apply to the purchase of sustainable wool.


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Publisher: Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

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Editor: Partnership for Sustainable Textiles - in cooperation with C&A Foundation, Helvetas, Organic Cotton Accelerator