Sector Standard Project for Textiles and Apparel

Applications to join the Working Group will open soon.

The importance of this Standard

The textiles and apparel sector provides essential products and is a key contributor to the global economy. The sector’s complex and fragmented supply chain, however, is characterized by a range of negative impacts. Most widely documented are those related to labor and human rights in producing countries. The sector is also a key contributor to the increasing levels of greenhouse gas emissions and waste.

The purpose of the Textiles and Apparel Sector Standard is to enhance the quality and comparability of sustainability information, by setting the global best practice for organizations operating in textile production, apparel and footwear manufacturing as well as retail.

Read the Project Proposal for more information.

Project update

Recruitment for the Textiles and Apparel Working Group will open soon. We will be seeking applications from experts in the sector, as well as representatives from civil society, investment institutions, labor, and other parties with expertise in impact reporting. This multi-stakeholder Working Group will be tasked with developing a Sector Standard which then will be considered by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB). 

About this project

The Sector Standards are designed to help identify a sector's most significant impacts and reflect stakeholder expectations for sustainability reporting. 

The textiles and apparel sector has previously been approved by the GSSB as one of the next sectors for which a standard will be developed. 

Sectors are prioritized based on the seriousness and the likelihood of their impacts – considering the overall size of the sector, distribution around the world, and the number of organizations that are in a position to use the GRI Standards. 

Related Documents

GRI Sector Standards Project for Textiles and Apparel - Project Proposal file 11 Jan 2023 English 205 KB
GRI Sector Program Description file 07 Feb 2019 English 449 KB
Draft GSSB Work program 2023-2025 file 21 Nov 2022 English 831 KB

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