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The Kerenzerberg Charter for Sustainable Textiles
Made in Switzerland
The Kerenzerberg Charter for Sustainable Textiles, aims to give direction to businesses in Switzerland and abroad seeking to become more social and sustainable. The charter sets out 11 principles aimed at tackling the biggest challenges facing the fashion and textile industry, as well as strategies to address these challenges. With this charter, Swiss manufacturers and traders aim to be exemplary industry leaders in implementing safeguards and measures to enhance safety, a healthy environment, and resource efficiency.
Sustainable development implies respect for social standards, provision of fair human and economic development opportunities, and preservation and protection of the natural environment as our collective living space and provider of resources, today and into the future. This is the meaning of sustainability, and its inextricably linked environmental, social and economic dimensions.
Globalisation and the expansion of the textile sector has brought major environmental challenges, such as the depletion of natural resources through the increased demand for raw materials and pollution in water, land and air, leading to substantial health and environmental threats along the supply chain. The fashion and textile industry is one of the most extensive and diverse. Yet, today, it is also among the most environmentally and socially harmful industries. From sourcing, through manufacturing, distribution, use, care and disposal, adverse practices are damaging the environment and communities along the value chain. We, as Swiss firms and organisations active in the fashion and textile industry, are committed to taking responsibility for the industry’s impacts and playing an active role in helping to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This charter defines principles to lessen the negative impacts of the fashion and textile industry. Through collaboration, we, as stakeholders (brands, retailers, producers, unions, science, the public sector, educational institutions, consumers, etc.), seek to pursue a sustainable path forward for the industry. Through the way we communicate and act, and through partnerships and cross-border alliances, we take global responsibility locally.
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
– Mahatma Gandhi
About The Kerenzerberg Charter for Sustainable Textiles
The Kerenzerberg Charter for Sustainable Textiles was developed through collaborative work by experts from different organisations including ecos, Swiss Fair Trade and Fashion Revolution Switzerland and included invaluable contributions by topical experts.