Foundation and Goals
The Partnership and its members seek to operate in line with three principles: ‘individual responsibility’, ‘collective engagement’ and ‘mutual support’. These principles form the framework for activities in the areas of social standards and living wages, chemicals and environmental management, and natural fibres.
In rotating working groups, members jointly devise specific measures on issues such as living wages, wastewater standards in the management of chemicals, sustainable fibres, and supply chain transparency. Each member contributes its skills against the backdrop of its own technical priorities and organisational goals. The individual concerns of members are considered in the formulation of targets, enabling a range of business models and types of company within the textile sector to be included.
Individual responsibility involves the principle of binding procedural obligations. As part of the Review Process, members establish specific goals, pursue them in a demonstrable way and make them gradually more ambitious. Each member audits its own status annually, sets targets in line with the requirements of the Partnership, and reports on its individual progress.
As part of this process, specific issues and requirements for sustainability relevant to the textile sector are formulated within the Partnership, framed manageably and translated into binding deadline and volume targets.
Since Germany is the world’s second largest importer of textiles, it carries a particular responsibility and can achieve a great deal through collective engagement. Joint initiatives launched in Germany on environmental and social improvements in producer countries have the capacity to drive fundamental change. The Partnership therefore builds on collective engagement in selected producer countries. Two projects, or Partnership Initiatives, are already underway and are being developed on an ongoing basis: these focus on improving working conditions in India’s textile sector and on management of chemicals in Asia.
The third and final principle of the Partnership relates to mutual support and mutual exchange. Through regular opportunities for support and exchange, the Partnership functions as a network to offer members scope for developing ideas, for discussion and for learning from each other about implementing the agreed targets.