The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile is publishing a list that reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in the garment and textile industry in many countries. Understanding the difference between the two allows companies to take steps to bridge this gap. The list covers almost fifty countries and regions and was compiled using data provided by WageIndicator and The Global Living Wage Coalition.
The number of clothing and textile companies which endorse the Transparency Pledge goes up again.
The independent Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has made its first decision on a submitted complaint. It concerns a complaint from NGO Arisa about clothing company C&A.
The parties to the international RBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile again call on companies to give substance to their international responsible business conduct during the corona crisis. The basic principles are the protection of the income of employees in the clothing and textile sector, guaranteeing their safety and health and making the chain future-proof.
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.
By signing the agreement, the company commits to implement improvements in its supply chain and to submit to the annual assessment cycle carried out by the secretariat.
Clothing and textile companies can significantly reduce the use of water, energy and harmful chemicals with the "Wet Processing Guidebook". This guidebook 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.
The company C.A.G. Gerlon withdraws from the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile.
From 2016 to 2019, the number of unique production locations publicized by signatories of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), has more than doubled from 2,800 to 6,000. The locations can be found on the Open Apparel Registry (OAR): a global database of textile production locations. The growing number of production locations of AGT companies on the OAR, demonstrates their ongoing effort to increase supply chain transparency.