The Otto Group has announced a roadmap outlining the company’s objectives for 2017 as part of the multi-stakeholder “Partnership for Sustainable Textiles”, a press release said Wednesday (August 2, 2017). The multi-stakeholder partnership, initiated by the German government, aims to make social, environmental and economic advances all along the textile supply chain. Otto has urged other members of the partnership to undertake joint efforts to secure its effectiveness and sustainability. Dr. Johannes Merck, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Otto, said: “The partnership will only have a future when all members – and I stress ‘all’ – mobilise their strengths and input them where the greatest anticipated leverage effect can be expected. That includes negotiating compromises.“
Commitment to environment and social issues
The Otto Group has been committed to social issues and environmental affairs for many decades and wishes to continue these efforts. Over the next years, Otto will deepen the delivery chain and show, for instance, the early stages of certain chemicals. The company also wants to increase the share of sustainable cotton as part of the “Cotton made in Africa” (CmiA) programme and to offer qualification measures in a bid to improve work conditions in factories. Merck added: “Apart from non-governmental organisations, it is up to politics in particular to urge governments and partner countries to apply the existing labour laws and to strengthen the structures of trade unions.”
Reducing effects on people and environment
The Otto Group’s Sustainability Strategy 2020, which is distinct from the roadmap, aims to reduce the negative impact on people and the environment along the entire value chain. The strategy foresees switching cotton used in production to sustainably grown cotton, halving CO2 emissions and integrating suppliers with production plants in at-risk countries in the social programme. The Aid by Trade Foundation, the CmiA initiative and the 2012 Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative (CPI2) are helping suppliers to minimize the negative environmental impact at production plants.