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Cooperation with the private sector

Women picking cotton.

When it comes to enforcing environmental and social standards, the private sector is an important partner for policymakers. The BMZ therefore works with the business community in many different ways.

Cooperative endeavours between German official development cooperation players and private companies are geared, for example, towards assisting producer companies in developing countries as they implement the goals of the Textiles Partnership. Through its public-private partnership programme (, the BMZ has been working together with various members of the Textiles Partnership for several years.

In May 2016, for instance, the BMZ organised a regional conference in Pakistan on living wages in the Asian textile industry. A discussion on the topic of freedom of association, collective bargaining in producer countries and possible ways of increasing wage levels was held, in which 190 representatives from trade unions, governments, producer companies and international buyers from 19 countries, including Viet Nam, India, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia and Pakistan, took part.

In the textile industry, the BMZ supports, among other things, the Cotton made in Africa initiative, which is geared towards sustainable cotton production. Textile companies pay a licence fee for the right to use the Cotton made in Africa quality label. The revenue from the licence fees is invested in the African project areas. Almost one million smallholders are already benefiting from this initiative.

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