Most of German textile retail industry is committed to improving working conditions and furthering environmental protection. Textiles Partnership works for better working conditions, increased environmental protection and fairer living wages. Progress is checked by external experts on a yearly basis. For 2017, they have resolved to implement more than 1500 measures which will lead to concrete improvements. The measures relate to topics such as living wages, the fight against child labor, avoidance of harmful chemicals or sustainable water use in cotton cultivation.
At the moment, the Textiles Partnership has 148 members. The figure includes advisory members, who do not have to provide measure plans, as well as new members, who are obliged to generate action plans only in the coming year. Individual measures are oriented alongside key questions in the areas of chemicals and environmental management, social standards and living wages as well as sustainable natural fibers.
The key questions have been jointly devised by the different actor groups throughout the last year. The verbalization and implementation of measures in all three areas is mandatory for members. The Partnership is subject to the principle of procedural liability: joining the Partnership is voluntary – handing in action plans is mandatory.