The project FABRIC (Fostering and Advancing Sustainable Business and Responsible Industrial Practices in the Clothing Industry in Asia) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
To successfully shape the desired economic growth in Asia’s textile and garment production in a sustainable way, many parties need to be involved. GIZ’s FABRIC project brings together people from the Asian industry, public sectors, NGOs and from international buyers, promoting knowledge transfer and cooperation. FABRIC is working in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam and together with China to strengthen an industry that offers quality jobs, protects the environment and contributes to economic growth.
The FABRIC project supports the Asian textile industry in its transformation towards fair production for people and the environment. It identifies the common interests of key actors – in the factories, ministries, civil society and international brand manufacturers – and brings them together with the aim of developing a shared vision of sustainability and promoting greater cooperation. Such an approach can pave the way for qualitative growth alongside price competition.
Acting as a think tank, the project creates a pool of knowledge from successful sustainability initiatives in individual countries and disseminates that expertise across the wider region. In cooperation with global initiatives such as Partnership for Sustainable Textiles in Germany, it works with industry stakeholders towards adopting a joint position on sustainable production criteria.
There are five main work areas: Regional dialogue and knowledge-sharing, Cooperation with the private sector, Social and labour standards, Gender equality, Environment.
GIZs FABRIC project initiated the STAR Network (Sustainable Textile of the Asian Region) as a platform for regional dialogue of the Asian producer associations in the textile and garment industry.
For more information about the STAR Network, please see Here
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