Preamble

The Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry professes its social responsibility, independent of whether it is economically active in Germany, Europe or in other parts of the world. Borne of the consciousness for social, ecological, and economic responsibility and a sensitivity for the social, ecological and economic design of the complete value-added chain, it meets the challenges of an increasingly networked and global economy. The German Textile and Fashion Confederation and its members have developed the following Code of Conduct in order to support individual enterprises.

The Confederation recommends applying this Code of Conduct. It is to act as a voluntary instrument for companies and serves as a guideline for socially responsible business practices. The code is focused on revealing fields of responsibility for companies and to offer a framework upon which they can orientate their business politics on an individual basis. In order to implement this into the global value-added chain, the code contains basic, realistic principles that can be applied by small and medium-sized companies, regardless of their differences in business model and capacities.

The Code of Conduct orientates itself on - and expresses the internationally recognized principles for the protection of workers  - as it is stated in the Human Rights Declaration of the United Nations, the ILO labour standards, the guiding principles for economic and human rights, as well as the OECD guiding principles for multi-national businesses. Additionally, the Code is based on relevant international environmental protection agreements.

These international laws fundamentally bind governments, not businesses. Therefore, its implementation is government responsibility. The companies of the textile and fashion industry support the goal of enforcing human rights, as well as social and ecological standards, in the economic value creation process. The companies can contribute by aligning their business practices with human rights agreement principles. They do this in the knowledge that this is a long-term process whose success is dependent on a pragmatic and constructive collaboration of government institutions, businesses, as well as social protagonists. [1]

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[1]   The mentioning of agreements under international law in given text is to be understood that the companies orientate themselves on the contents as far as it is possible for private-sector organizations.

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