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"A Fairness Alliance" – Launch of the Textiles Partnership in the German Development Ministry

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).

16.10.2014 |

Berlin – German Development Minister Gerd Müller was joined by representatives from the private sector, trade unions and civil society as he presided over the launch today of the Textiles Partnership. The aim of the Partnership, launched one-and-a-half years after Rana Plaza, is to achieve concrete improvements in social and environmental standards in the textiles and garment industry.

Minister Müller: "I would like to thank all those who have played a part in the preparations for the launch of the Textiles Partnership over the last few months for their hard work and commitment. Together we will succeed in bringing about tangible improvements in the working and living conditions of the people who make our clothes under conditions that are sometimes completely unacceptable. We all agree that we do not wish to have clothes touching our bodies that have been produced in places where human rights are being trampled underfoot and people are being exploited and poisoned. With our fairness alliance, in addition to sending a visible signal, we are also taking the first step towards implementing these improvements, together, step by step, starting today."

At the event to launch the Partnership this afternoon in the Development Ministry, Minister Müller greeted some 150 guests, including the 70 representatives who had worked together over the past few months to draw up a joint plan of action. The plan describes the objectives that the members of the Partnership will work towards together.

By Wednesday evening about 30 companies and organisations had become the first to sign up to the Partnership.

Minister Müller: "Our fairness alliance is a concrete manifestation of development policy. However, I respect the decision of various associations and companies that want to take more time before deciding whether or not to join the Textiles Partnership. Our doors are open for them to participate in the process and join the Partnership at any time. I am very confident that we will quickly acquire numerous other participants. After all, in the long term, no responsible company will be able to deny itself the opportunity to proclaim that its supply chains are free from any kind of environmental and social dumping or child labour. Consumers have a right to expect that together we will bring about improvements in this regard and that they will get greater transparency for their purchasing decisions."

After the launch in the Ministry, the key players from the Partnership continued with their work right away that afternoon. On the agenda, apart from organisational matters, were the arrangements for implementing the next steps.

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