BERLIN—The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles form a strategic cooperation. The organizations say the agreement contributes to better working conditions and improved environmental conditions across global supply chains in the textile industry.
"Working together with one of the leading global sustainability initiatives in the garment sector is an important step for the Textiles Partnership," states Juergen Janssen, head of the Secretariat of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. "The strategic cooperation between our organizations will contribute to the harmonization of sustainability requirements for our member companies and create a level playing field across national borders."
As part of the agreement, both foundations have signed a letter of intent which describes goals to align “requirements, tools, and verification systems.” The collaboration also sees both groups working jointly to develop and test verification and reporting systems under standards defined by the United Nations Principles on Business and Human Rights.
"We strongly believe that national and global initiatives are natural partners to face the immense sustainability challenges ahead," says Baptiste Carrière-Pradal, vice president of transparency at SAC. "With this strategic collaboration, we are enhancing harmonization between our initiatives, taking a necessary step towards a leaner industry with more efficient practices and, ultimately, creating greater impact throughout the supply chains."
Ultimately the organizations aim to provide European companies with tools and guidance to implement “socially sustainable” practices along the textile supply chain.
For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.