The Civil Society Shadow European Strategy for Sustainable Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear

As the European Commission is poised to start developing a new ‘comprehensive strategy for textiles’ in the coming months, a group of 65 diverse civil society organisations, have come together to set out their vision for a fair and sustainable TGLF sector. They have done so by releasing a non-official (or “shadow”) strategy in which they propose a set of legislative and non-legislative actions that the EU can undertake to contribute to fairer and more sustainable TGLF value chains.

The group– a broad coalition of campaigners for fair trade, human and workers’ rights, environmental protection, and transparency- is calling on the European Commission, MEPs, and EU governments to back this ambitious strategy and kick-start a global re-design of the textile industry’s broken business model.

The strategy has gained the support of 53 Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum who have written a letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius, Hogan, Reynders, and Urpilainen endorsing civil society’s approach to rethinking the global textile value chain.

The civil society vision for a comprehensive EU Textile Strategy contains recommendations to promote a TGLF industry that respects human rights, creates decent jobs and adheres to high social and environmental standards throughout its value chain.

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