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Textile Exchange is committed to provide a database of information in order to support industry engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals). We have organized information by SDG, by relevant global and industry initiatives, by role in the value chain, and also by region. Other helpful resources will be added to support an overall understanding of how sourcing countries and peer companies are engaging with the SDGs. We will also be sharing ongoing results of our benchmarking surveys as our Members implement their SDG strategies. Please check back regularly as this channel is expanded.


Use these Guides to help guide you on how to start, how to report and also to review case studies.

SDG Guides and Reports

Value Chain Resources

Use this Resource to explore sustainability tools suitable for specific roles in the Value Chain

Value Chain Resources

SDG Mapping Resource

Use this Resource for a brief overview of the SDGs, Targets, and how industry Initiatives can advance the SDGs.

SDG Mapping Resource

Regional Resources

Use this Resource to discover local and regional SDG actors & initiatives by sourcing country and region.

Regional SDG Resources


Engagement strategies with the Global Goals will be guided, in part, by the results of individual materiality assessments. Certain organizations start by evaluating their current activities and mapping those against the Global Goals while others prefer to replace their sustainability platform altogether with the Global Goals framework. In this regard, there are a number of helpful guide, some of which are listed below:

  •, developed by Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, released a Guide that includes a simple approach to engagement based on five steps: understanding the Goals, defining priorities, goal setting, integrating sustainability and reporting. An interactive feature of is the searchable inventory of existing business tools mapped against the Goals. It can be searched by SDG, by Tool Developer or by Keyword. For example, if a company desires to find available tools for measuring water impacts in its supply chain under SDG 6, the database will generate a list of relevant available tools.
  • The Global Compact’s Blueprint for SDG Leadership. The UN Global Compact offers a series of resources supporting engagement with the Goals, including a list of SDG-specific reasons for why business should engage. The Compact is also developing a number of SDG tools (known as Action Platforms) as part of their 2018 Toolkit to advance the Goals. Based on the Compact’s Ten Principles, it has launched Action Platforms which include The Blueprint for SDG Leadership.
  • SDG Industry Matrices. UN Global Compact and KMPG have released a series of SDG Industry Matrices for different industries, including Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods and Industrial Manufacturing. Each Matrix “provides industry specific ideas for action and industry specific practical examples for each relevant SDG. Textile sector guidance is expected to be published in mid-2018.  Sign up for notification of its publication  here.


The below table provides a brief overview of each SDG and its respective targets and progress along with suggestions for the sector and how existing existing industry initiatives can advance the SDGs. The below list is not designed to be a comprehensive list of available tools and initiatives but are representative of the sustainability work being undertaken by the Textile and Apparel industry. Furthermore, the categorization of a tool under one or more Goals will not take into account linkages to other Goals. For a broader list of business tools, please consider, an initiative developed by Global Reporting Initiative, the U.N. Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which includes a searchable database of business tools. This resource is under construction so please check back regularly for updates.

SDG Mapping Resource 1.1


At Textile Exchange, we believe it is important to understand how existing initiatives can contribute to the SDGs and where there are opportunities for collaborative action. We are in the process of compiling a list of sustainability resources for all major functions in the Apparel and Textile Value Network. The selection and categorization of resources below is just a starting point and we welcome feedback at

Apparel and textile designers perform a critical function in determining the sustainability of a product. Designing for sustainability at the start of the process ensures better outcomes, including for circularity. There are a number of tools available for designers to help in this process, and below are a few by way of example:

Global Fashion Agenda’s “2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment”
Nike’s Making App
Natural Capital Protocol
Safer Textiles Tool
Sustainable Clothing Action Plan
Textile Exchange Resources and material-specific microsites
Textile Exchange Material Snapshots and Material Summaries
Textile Exchange Standards
Textile Exchange’s Introductory Video: “Textile Sustainability Overview”
The Higg Product Tools
The Sustainability Consortium
World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database

The Apparel and Textile Industries require significant resources throughout its value chain and raw material extraction. The following organizations represent a partial list of organizations that are working to address different aspects of sustainability for Tier 1 of the value chain.

Better Work
Natural Capital Protocol
Organic Cotton: A Fiber Classification Guide (Kering & Textile Exchange)
Savory Institute Land and Data Management Platform
Textile Exchange Material Snapshots
Textile Exchange Industry Working Groups and Roundtables
Textile Exchange’s Introductory Video: “Textile Sustainability Overview”
World Resources Institute
ZDHC Tools for Formulators
ZDHC Tools for Suppliers

North America: EPA SmartWay for Logistics Service Providers
Canadian SmartWay Transport Partnership

Europe: Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe: Roadmap Towards Zero Emissions Logistics in 2050.
Sustainable Supply Chain Management [book endorsed by the European Logistics Association] Responsible Supply Chain Management | Where do Companies Stand? (Vigeo Eiris, June, 2016)

China: “Greening the Logistics Industry in Zhejiang Province,” UNDP, China (March 30, 2017)
China drives toward sustainable freight policies”, Su Song, Greenbiz (March 23, 2017)

India: [In development]


Sustainable Packing Coalition

The Apparel industry is heavily engaged in improving its impacts and the following partial list of organizations and initiatives working to make the industry and its products more sustainable.  All of these initiatives are advancing the targets underlying Goal 12 on responsible consumption and production.

AAFA Restricted Substance List
Benchmark Against Your Peers with Textile Exchange
Higg Brand and Retail Tool
European Outdoor Group
Global Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative
Global Fashion Agenda
Natural Capital Protocol
Outdoor Industry Association
Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)
Retail Sustainability Initiative
Safer Textiles Tool
Textile Exchange Fiber Challenges:
rPet Challenge
2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge
Transitional Cotton Challenge
The Sustainability Consortium
World Apparel & Footwear Life Cycle Assessment Database
ZDHC Tools for Brands

Many apparel and textile brands and suppliers also operate foundations or non-profit organizations and the below organizations offer valuable content in aligning funding strategies to the Global Goals.

Foundation Center
Council of Foundations: Linking the SDGs to Philanthropy
Council of Foundations SDGs Resources

Contact  with your suggestions.

Regional SDG Resources

Regional progress on the SDGs varies. The below resources have been identified and organized by country with a focus on countries that produce Apparel and Textiles and their inputs. Currently, most of the progress reported below is based on the Voluntary National Reviews that countries have submitted to the UN High Level Political Forum. As additional information is released, it will be added.

Brazil Voluntary National Review (2017)

Voluntary National Review to be submitted in 2018.

Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic

Voluntary National Review (2017)

El Salvador created a National Council for Sustainable Development, which includes a mandate to follow-up and monitor actions to achieve the 17 SDGs[1]

[1] Overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level (Issues Brief) (March 2017).


Germany Voluntary National Review (2016)

Deutschland: Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen (DGVN), Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU), Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ),

Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen (DGVN)Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Honduras Voluntary National Review (2017)

Honduras has established a local commission for sustainable development to reach the marginalized population which includes participation of civil society and the public sector

Italy’s Voluntary National Review (2017)

“The Three-year Strategic and Planning Document of the Italian Development Cooperation (which was reformed just before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda) related to the 2016-2018 period already adopts both content and structure of the Agenda. Macro-areas for action – that are reflected in the Partnership Section of the NSDS – have been re-arranged to take into account the integrated nature and the structure of the 17 SDGs and include new sectors for action – such as data for development and domestic resources mobilisation – together with those of more traditional engagement.”

Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASVIS)

India’s Voluntary National Review (2017)

India has released a draft Three-Year Action Agenda covering years 2017-18 to 2019-20. In parallel, work is in advance stages on a 15-Year Vision, which will also include a 7-year Strategy


Indonesia Voluntary National Review (2017)


Indonesia has initiated a pilot project to start the localization process in the Riau province where a Provincial SDGs Coordination Mechanism chaired by the Provincial Secretary will be established

Japan Voluntary National Review (2017)

The SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles (December 22, 2016)

On May 20, 2016, the Government of Japan established a new Cabinet body called the “SDGs Promotion Headquarters”, headed by the Prime Minister and composed of all ministers. The SDGs Promotion Headquarters was established to foster close cooperation among relevant ministries and government agencies, and to lead the comprehensive and effective implementation of SDGs-related measures as a control tower.

Mexico Voluntary National Review (2016)

Mexico is creating a Specialized Technical Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (CTEODS) from 10 key ministries and agencies, headed by the Office of the President. In Mexico, different processes in implementing SDGs in partnership with the private sector have been initiated, including through the establishment of the Sustainability Alliance as a platform for dialogue and action

[Voluntary National Review listed again for 2018]
Netherlands Voluntary National Review

“The other four concern textiles, plant proteins, forest management and the gold sector. ”

Nederland: SDG Nederland

Pakistan has established an SDG Unit in its Planning Commission. Pakistan has transitioned its parliamentary MDG.

Pakistan has transitioned its parliamentary MDG Task Force to a SDGs Task Force and plans to strengthen the role of the Task Force for SDG implementation.

A report on how far Pakistan has come on the SDGs has been published by Dawn’s Business and Finance Team.

Additional information on the Textile Industry and Sustainability is described in a report by the Pakistan Buyer’s Forum: Mapping Study: Providing Additional Insights and Roadmap for the Buyers’ Forum.

Peru Voluntary National Review (2017)

Peru has prepared its “Preimage of Peru in 2030” to begin the dialogue for a concerted vision that will guide the design of the National Strategic Development Plan to 2030 based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To monitor and follow-up on its implementation process, the country has created the System or Monitoring the Indicators of the SDGs: “Objectives to transform our country.” It considers developing sectoral statistical data and technical reports in compliance with the SDGs at all state levels. Peru’s public policies now include a specific strategy to tackle
poverty, especially in suburban areas and a specific programme to address anemia in its national goals on nutrition.

Spain’s Voluntary National Review is expected to be submitted in 2018.