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MILAN – Textile Exchange and the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are to announce a new collaboration aimed at fostering “broader transformation of the industry.” The two organisations will work together in a number of areas including on raising awareness and capacity building measures in cooperation with relevant stakeholders of the garment and textile industry. They will also look at ways to promote collective engagement in production countries through the sharing of experiences and by “providing a platform for dialogue between producers, brands and other supply chain actors and relevant organisations.”

The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is a multi-stakeholder partnership consisting of companies, associations, non-governmental organisations, trade unions, standards organisations and the Federal German Government. The stakeholders formed the Partnership in 2014 with the aim of achieving improvements along the entire textile
supply chain.

Felix Rauer, manager corporate responsibility (chemical management supply chain), Otto Group, and Member of the Board of Textile Exchange, said: “The Otto Group is not only a committed member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles – representing the business perspective in its steering committee, but also a member and strong supporter of Textile Exchange for many years including being in the governance board.

“As we fundamentally believe in the power of mutual recognition and collaboration and see the common goals of both organisations – especially but not limited to the field of sustainable fibres and materials – we highly welcome this partnership.”

Following the signatory event to kick-off the collaboration, Textile Exchange and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles will together identify areas for concrete projects and deliverables including milestones and goals that will be communicated to each organisation’s members.

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