Promoting sustainability in the textile and garment industry in Asia (FABRIC)

The project FABRIC (Fostering and Advancing Sustainable Business and Responsible Industrial Practices in the Clothing Industry in Asia) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The FABRIC project (Promoting Sustainability in the Textile and Garment Industry in Asia) supports the Asian textile industry in its transformation towards fair production for people and the environment. It identifies the common interests of key actors – in the factories, ministries, civil society and international brand manufacturers – and brings them together with the aim of developing a shared vision of sustainability and promoting greater cooperation.

Acting as a think tank, the project creates a pool of knowledge from successful sustainability initiatives in individual countries and disseminates that expertise across the wider region. In cooperation with global initiatives it works with industry stakeholders towards adopting a joint position on sustainable production criteria. The project operates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam and also works with China.

It primarily works on the five components: regional dialogue and knowledge-sharing, cooperation with the private sector, social and labour standards with special focus on gender, COVID-19 responses and tackling the environmental issues

The FABRIC project initiated the STAR Network (Sustainable Textile of the Asian Region) as a platform for regional dialogue of the Asian producer associations in the textile and garment industry.