The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices. This comprehensive approach engages manufacturers and workers in the supply chain to bring about better wages towards living wage and working conditions, and engages brands to commit to fair terms of trade. The standard applies for textile manufactures employing workers in the textile supply chain, including ginners, spinners, dyers, cut-make-trim factories as well as brand owners.
The Fairtrade Textile Programme is based on the five-year Roadmap approved by Fairtrade Board in Living wages, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers Rights and Productivity improvement combining industrial experts and local staff with proven records in workers capacity building and organizational development. First activities as trialed in 2015 were implemented in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, India, considering local industries allocation. Bangladesh and Ethiopia are further in focus as per initial discussions with German brands and included in the program’s planned activities.