July 9, 2018

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The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, also known as the Dutch Textile Covenant, has increased the number of production sites that it publishes. The new list of production sites includes 4,268 textile manufacturing sites that were suppliers of the agreement’s participating brands last year. The increase in factories on the list correlates with a rise in the number of brands participating in the covenant. To date there are 79 brands taking part, representing approximately 45% of the Dutch apparel sector. The covenant expects this figure to reach 50% by the end of 2018.

For the first time, participants of the covenant are also mapping which sustainable fibres they are sourcing. The information provided by the participants revealed that cotton is the most commonly used fibre, of which 56% was conventional cotton and 44% was more sustainable cotton. The information will also be used to monitor the use of more sustainable fibres by brands over the coming years.

From 2019, participants will be required to individually publish the biggest risks posed by the factories they work with and their plans for mitigating these risks. Brands will do this following the due diligence process, which gives insights into risks around living wages, child labour, environmental impact and animal welfare. Within the the covenant, brands also collaborate with NGOs, trade unions and government in order to reduce the risks and negative impacts within their supply chains.

Tags: cotton, netherlands, supply chain, sustainable, textile covenant.