PREFERRED FIBER & MATERIALS (PFM) BENCHMARK PROGRAM

GETTING STARTED

We are here to make this a simple as possible for you. Depending on the size and configuration of your company, the survey is estimated to take between one to two hours to complete. To start, follow the steps in the slideshow on the right to register.

If you are a returnee, just log in to the PFM Portal and select “TE PFM Brand Benchmark Survey 2017”. Most questions will be pre-filled and will only require reviewing and updating where necessary.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Support@TextileExchange.org. We would be happy to help.

THE 5 STEPS OF THE PFM BENCHMARK

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • Fill in the survey
  • Sign and return the NDA (if required by your company)
  • Sign off your survey submission
  • Submit survey
  • Respond to review clarifications
 
  • Receive your Confidential Company Feedback Report
  • Receive the PFM Benchmark Sector Report

STEP 1:
REGISTRATION

STEP 2:
SURVEY COMPLETION

STEP 3:
REVIEW OF RESPONSES

STEP 4:
ANALYSIS OF RESULTS

STEP 5:
PUBLICATION OF RESULTS

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

  • Program enquiries
  • Getting started webinars
  • Registration support
  • 1st review – for completeness, consistency and evidence
  • 2nd review – for standardization across participants
  • Updates to submissions (if required) with participant’s approval
  • Close out of submissions
  • Analysis of participants’ responses
  • Analysis of Scoring
  • Checks and testing
  • Development of template for Feedback Reports
  • Generation of Feedback Reports
  • Review with advisors
  • Production of Sector Report
  • Publish of Feedback Reports
  • Publish of Sector Report
  • Supporting Webinars
  • Customized summaries/ presentations for TE Members
  • Stakeholder Consultation
  • Advisory Committee review

STEP 1:
REGISTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

  • Program enquiries
  • Getting started webinars
  • Registration support

STEP 2:
SURVEY COMPLETION

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • Fill in the survey
  • Sign and return the NDA (if required by your company)
  • Sign off your survey submission
  • Submit survey

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

STEP 3:
REVIEW OF RESPONSES

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • Respond to review clarifications

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

  • 1st review – for completeness, consistency and evidence
  • 2nd review – for standardization across participants
  • Updates to submissions (if required) with participant’s approval
  • Close out of submissions

STEP 4:
ANALYSIS OF RESULTS

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

  • Analysis of participants’ responses
  • Analysis of Scoring
  • Checks and testing
  • Development of template for Feedback Reports
  • Generation of Feedback Reports
  • Review with advisors
  • Production of Sector Report

STEP 5:
PUBLICATION OF RESULTS

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • Receive your Confidential Company Feedback Report
  • Receive the PFM Benchmark Sector Report

TOOLS AND SUPPORT WE PROVIDE

  • Publish of Feedback Reports
  • Publish of Sector Report
  • Supporting Webinars
  • Customized summaries/ presentations for TE Members
  • Stakeholder Consultation
  • Advisory Committee review

FAQ

Textile companies, with the roots of their businesses in the fields, forests, and deep underground, have an important role to play in the transition to a more resilient, regenerative and circular economy. Millions of people – fiber farmers, foresters, and other textile feedstock providers – form the base of the textile supply network and are impacted by the decisions brands and retailers make every day. Influencing improvement in fiber and material production is one of the greatest opportunities textile brands and retailers can contribute to securing a sustainable future.
One of Textile Exchange’s key organizational objectives is to accelerate the uptake of preferred fiber and materials. This objective is built on the urgency to respond to key risks for the textile industry and the huge potential to make improvements in areas such as water, land, air – and peoples’ lives. These risks and opportunities are most likely to occur during the production of raw materials. By creating a benchmark program for companies, Textile Exchange not only measures and reports company and industry progress, but provides strategic direction for the companies that participate. Through program engagement alone, companies embark on a “bench learning” journey, with the support of Textile Exchange staff and fellow participants. The contributing and receiving of knowledge creates a virtuous circle of learning and improving.
In 2015, Textile Exchange (TE) launched the Preferred Fiber & Materials (PFM) Benchmark Program for measuring how a company systematically integrates a preferred fiber and materials strategy into mainstream business operations. Industry-led, voluntary and self-assessed, the PFM Benchmark is establishing itself as a leading global benchmark for the textile industry.

The PFM Benchmark offers a quantified index ranking and reveals a company’s position in relation to peers and the overall industry (universe of participants). It provides an indicator of progress, helps companies identify strengths and gaps, and encourages year-on-year improvement and a “race to the top.” Company participants see a lot of detail about their performance, and industry averages are reported for public consumption.

All participants receive customized and confidential Company Feedback Reports. Company Feedback Reports offer a useful tool for each participating company to share with important internal and external stakeholders, including the investment community.

Explicit links are made between the PFM Benchmark and the Sustainable Development Goals – in particular SDG 12: Sustainable consumption and production. Companies are starting to adopt the framework of the SDGs and TE’s PFM Benchmark is built on foundations that align with this work.

All brands and retailers of textile products are eligible to participate in Textile Exchange’s Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark Program. In fact, the more companies taking part, the more meaningful the results for all involved.

In 2016, 71 companies participated in the PFM Benchmark Program. Of these, 65% were apparel or multi-sector brands and retailers, 20% were outdoor/sports, and 15% were home textiles. The retention rate (on 2015) was 79%, with the few not returning usually being due to internal changes within the company that prevented a submission that year. With 28 new participants in 2016, this represents an overall growth of 25%. Over the 2 years of the program, a total of 105 companies have embarked on the PFM Benchmark journey with Textile Exchange, including 21 companies making partial submissions or shadowing the process.

Due to the generous support of C&A Foundation and German multi-sector company Tchibo, there is no fee to participate. Further, as mentioned above, the priority is to grow participation rates by making the PFM Benchmark accessible for all.
This depends upon a company’s starting position and its size. If you have all the information to hand, the survey can be completed in a matter of hours. However, most participants gather information as they go, so the process takes longer. Returnees receive a “pre-populated” survey, which means that the previous year’s answers are carried over where appropriate. All the company then needs to do is review and adjust where necessary. Annual reporting of consumption data is the main area for fresh calculations and input. For companies new to the survey, there is some work involved in organizing data streams and in determining who needs to be involved, and who will lead on the coordination of the survey submission. Textile Exchange is here to guide participants every step of the way. We have developed various resources, such as guidance notes and a Quick Guide to PFMs, and are available by email, telephone, or to meet in person.
Each year, the survey opens in May and companies have six weeks to make their submissions. As mentioned, Textile Exchange is always on hand and happy to support this process. Once the survey closes, Textile Exchange undertakes a systematic review of all submissions and checks for consistency, completeness, and accuracy. Note that this is NOT an audit – submissions are considered self-assessment. However, we do expect a sign-off from a senior member of staff declaring that all information is truthful.
To express your interest in joining the PFM Benchmark Program, do not hesitate to contact the TEam by emailing Support@TextileExchange.org. To find out more about the program, visit our website – http://textileexchange.org/preferred-fiber-materials-benchmark/ – or to register or sign back in (if you are a returnee) you can go directly to http://pfm.textileexchange.org/portal.