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Improving environmental and social standards in the textile industry


Factory in Bangladesh where social and environmental standards are respected

Background: Working conditions in the globalised textile industry

Worldwide, there are more than 60 million people working in the textile and garment industry – most of them in developing and emerging economies. The industry is characterised by close international integration and complex supply chains. It is making a significant contribution to economic growth and development. However, in some countries, production and working conditions are not yet in line with internationally defined environmental and social standards. more


German Development Minister Gerd Müller (right) presents the joint action plan of the Textiles Partnership together with (from left to right) Christiane Schnura, coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), Antje von Dewitz, CEO of VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG and Reiner Hoffmann, president of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB).

German activities: decent working conditions

Germany's development policy is geared towards fostering economic growth while simultaneously enforcing decent working and living conditions and the protection and sustainable use of the environment worldwide. In the textile sector, Germany is pursuing a broad range of efforts in support of environmental and social standards at various levels. more


Colourful spools of yarn

Further information

Here is a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on environmental and social standards in the textile industry. more


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