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BERLIN – Germany’s government-run sustainable textile label, the Grüner Knopf (Green Button) lacks teeth and fails to hold members to account for environmental and social transgressions in supply chains. This is the conclusion of a new report by two NGOs, Swiss organisation Public Eye and FEMNET which promotes women’s development in Africa.

Public Eye and FEMNET analysed annual reports for 31 fashion companies whose products had been certified with Green Button verification system, and found serious “deficiencies” in the standard and testing process. “The ‘Green Button’ does not deliver what it promises in Switzerland either, namely clothes and textile goods made without exploitation and pollution,” they claim in their report.

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