Sustainable Textiles Switzerland : Program to...
Sustainable Textiles Switzerland

Program to achieve the SDGs

United Nations

On June 30, 2022, the program Sustainable Textiles Switzerland 2030 (STS 2030) has officially been launched with the aim to make a significant contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Swiss textile and clothing sector. The actors commit themselves to implementing specific measures and measuring them annually.
With STS 2030, Switzerland is taking on a pioneering role. The program pools the forces of the Swiss textile and clothing sector by uniting actors along the entire value chain. The committed companies, institutions and organizations have set themselves shared targets:

  • a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the textile sector,
  • the promotion of fair wages and decent work along the entire value chain,
  • the promotion of innovative business models towards a circular economy,
  • transparency to ensure that sustainable purchasing decisions can be made.

Based on a roadmap, the companies, institutions, and organizations that commit to achieving the targets will implement and track specific measures year by year. One aspect of the program is, that the range of products and services offered by the companies and organizations will be aligned with the sustainability goals. On the other hand, a proactive information policy will promote more sustainable consumption, purchasing and use of textiles.

The STS 2030 program was initiated by the 3 associations Swiss Textiles, Swiss Fair Trade and amfori. It has the backing of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), which are working hard to promote the program as part of the steering group.

So far, the following actors have committed to the program from the retail sector: Transa Backpacking AG, Coop, PKZ Burger-Kehl & Co, Migros, Rrrevolve and glore Schweiz GmbH; from textile production: E. Schellenberg Textildruck AG, Bächi Cord AG, Weseta Textil AG, Calida Group, Mammut Sports Group AG, Balsiger Textil AG, the Holy Fashion Group, Collectif mon Amour, the Blue Suit, and the textile service provider Testex AG. With the City of Zurich as a committed actor, a first important pioneer from the public sector, as a buyer of textiles for public procurement, has also committed to achieving the STS 2030 targets.

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