The share of more sustainable raw materials used by the companies that are signatories of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile increases again. In 2017, 16 percent of the raw materials were more sustainable, in 2018 this was 28 percent and in 2019 it has increased to 38 percent. Again, the signatories take another step towards a more sustainable supply chain.
Clothing and textile companies can significantly reduce the use of water, energy and harmful chemicals with the "Wet Processing Guidebook". This handbook has been drawn up by Solidaridad in collaboration with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. It gives companies practical tools on how to map the so-called wet processes, including the coloring, printing and treatment of textiles, and how to significantly reduce their impact on the environment.
Enabling access to remedy is an opportunity for a company to gain better insight into and to address issues in its supply chains, to prevent costs and to strengthen its reputation. More collaboration between companies and stakeholders is needed to increase leverage for remedy, to develop expertise on remediation processes and to develop ideas on how to finance remedy. These are amongst the key findings of the Access to Remedy webinar organised by the Social and Economic Council (SER) and the Dutch OECD National Contact Point (NCP) with the support of Shift.