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Fair Wear Foundation and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are joining forces to promote the payment of living wages and fair working conditions in the garment industry. Both initiatives signed an agreement on Wednesday in Berlin.
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (‘Textilbündnis’) and FWF will work together on access to remedy and grievance mechanisms and promoting the payment of living wages. Both initiatives share the view that solving the existing challenges in the sector requires a systematic approach and the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders.
The organisations will conduct joint trainings on responsible business and purchasing practices for garment companies and will offer supplier trainings in productions countries. Members of both initiatives shall benefit from mutual exchange of knowledge and coordination of supporting activities.
Jürgen Janssen, Head of the Textiles Partnership Secretariat said he hopes to ‘achieve greater leverage’ by cooperating with Fair Wear Foundation. FWF director Alexander Kohnstamm adds: ‘Transforming working conditions for people in the garment industry is an ambitious goal, and we can’t achieve it alone. By combining our efforts, we can push for unified change.’
The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development initiated the Textilbündnis in 2014. The partnership consists of companies, business associations, NGOs, trade unions, standards organisations and the Federal German Government. Together, the Partnership members strive to achieve social, ecological and economic improvements in garment supply chains.
Mark Held, Interim Chair of the FWF Board of Directors, representing FWF at Textilbündnis member day, 30 October 2018.