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85% Germans want textile firms tasked with environmental protection

A new survey shows that 85% of Germans want textile firms tasked with environmental protection.

The survey was conducted by VZBV – an umbrella group for 41 German consumer associations.

  • 86 percent of consumers say that textile companies should be held liable for human rights violations in their supply chains.
  • 85 percent of those questioned agree with the statement that politics should oblige all textile companies to respect human rights in the global supply chain. The current draft of the Supply Chain Act, on the other hand, is only intended to apply to the largest companies and only provides for graduated due diligence requirements for downstream supply chain levels. 
  • 84 percent agree that German textile companies should also be obliged to avoid environmental damage during production abroad. However, the Supply Chain Act currently does not provide for its own environmental due diligence. 
  • Around nine out of ten consumers: inside each would like a stronger control of human rights and sustainability seals and an obligation to pay living wages in textile supply chains.

Most Germans believe that textile companies must be held responsible for human rights violations and environmental destruction in supply chains.

A breakdown of the survey showed that:

“The survey impressively shows that the majority have clear expectations of responsible business conduct and would like a strong supply chain law. Politicians must establish binding standards for the protection of human rights and environmental protection, thereby enabling consumers to consume sustainably. The current draft law is a step in the right direction, but needs to be refined and should be passed in this legislature. A much more ambitious European regulation must be the next step. There is consumer support for this.”

Klaus Müller, member of the board of directors of VZBV

The survey concluded that a legal act governing due diligence in global supply chains can make an important contribution to end child labour, wage dumping and environmental destruction in production processes. Sustainability does not start with the consumers’ shopping decisions but at the very beginning of the value chain.