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 ChainValue Chain 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:
- SDGCompass.org, 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 SDGCompass.org 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.
SDG MAPPING BY INDUSTRY INITIATIVE
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 SDGCompass.org, 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.
VALUE CHAIN RESOURCES
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 GlobalGoals@TextileExchange.org.
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
Contact GlobalGoals@TextileExchange.org 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.