We envision a global textile production model that protects both people and planet

Supporting livelihoods goes hand in hand with our Climate+ strategy 

Whilst the core mission of Textile Exchange is environmentally focused, we are driven by a holistic approach that strives to protect human rights, communities, and livelihoods too. 


We recognize there are threats to labor and human rights along global supply chains 

Unfortunately, labor rights abuses are prevalent across the world and global supply chains. This is especially the case at the raw materials sourcing stage. Vulnerable populations are more at risk of labor rights exploitation, as well as being severely impacted by climate change.



A due diligence approach is essential to proactively manage human rights risks 

We are carrying out a landscape analysis to better understand the human rights risks in preferred fiber and material supply chains, in the hope that we can work with partner organizations to shape best practices for the industry. As we transition to our new, unified standards system, we aim to encompass human rights and livelihoods as a fundamental impact area.



Take meaningful action

We encourage our member organizations to follow the OECD Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains by identifying, preventing, mitigating and accounting for how they address the potential and actual adverse impacts of their activities on people and the environment. These impacts can be in their own operations, their supply chains or as part of other business relationships.