FTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis) formalising its commitment to collaborate with Textilbündnis Partners on achieving sustainable chemical and environmental management in textile supply chains.
BEPI has been actively participating in the Textilbündnis working groups on Chemicals and Chemical Management Training throughout 2017, and has now taken the next step of formally joining this initiative. All 16 partners in this initiative commit to working collaboratively towards achieving the following goals:
- Raising awareness about sustainable environmental management, at local and national level
- Improve access to trainings and advisory services for brands, producer companies, officials, and NGO experts in the textile supply chain
- Improve substitution and innovation for less hazardous chemicals in the textile production.
Besides Textilbündnis members, Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Brands Fashion, Deuter, Hej Support, KiK, Otto Group, Rewe Group, Sympatex and Tchibo, the Partnership Initiative is joined by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Ministry of Environmental Protection as well as the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals).
BEPI is a growing network of over 300 FTA members, jointly working towards achieving improved environmental performance at more than 2500 producers, towards more mature and resilient supply chains.
The BEPI Supply Chain Chemical Management Module provides a framework to BEPI participants and producers in tackling specific chemical management issues and challenges. The module is focused on industry collaboration and use of common tools and standards. It includes tools such as a Self-Assessment, Chemical Management Audit, Training and Wastewater/Sludge Testing.
Contact: Sandhya Sharma-Tosserams, Chemical Specialist