The Corporate Sustainability Compact for Textile and Apparel Industry (CSC9000T), developed by CNTAC in 2005, is China’s first code of conduct on social responsibility as well as the first sustainability management system. It was revised in 2008 and was made more comprehensive by adding elements on environmental protection and fair competition. In 2015, the composition of the third revision of CSC9000T was initiated and the idea was supported by GIZ SLSG, with the aim to make it more internationally applicable.
The CSC9000T management system, based on the characteristics and trends of the textile and apparel industry, as well as the social responsibility practices in the industry over the past decade, has incorporated the core concepts and principle requirements of international social responsibility standards and initiatives, including those of ISO26000 and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The code of conduct has also drawn from the basic methods and latest developments of management systems mentioned in ISO9001 and ISO14001 (2015), and this laid the groundwork for enhancing compatibility and mutual recognition with other standard systems in the future.
CSC9000T aims to protect workers’ rights that they are entitled to, assist businesses in improving their management system, encourage Chinese textile and garment enterprises in adopting responsible business behaviors, and enhance the overall sustainability of the Chinese textile and garment industry.