Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is highly topical for the companies in the textile and clothing industry. Whether in the trade press, at trade fairs and conferences, information events and symposia – you encounter this topic everywhere, which reflects its relevance and increasing importance in the industry. An increasing number of critical consumers expect more transparency and sustainability in the textile value chain, not only from retailers but also from manufacturers and suppliers.
As part of a project funded by the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs, the WFMG was in charge of setting up the only industry-specific CSR competence centre in NRW between 2016 and 2018. After the end of the funding period, the work of the textile and clothing department at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences will be continued by Prof. Dr. Monika Eigenstetter of the EthNa Institute.
The aim is to advise companies on CSR-relevant topics, to promote interdisciplinary exchange and to pool specialist skills. The current approaches taken by policy-makers, business and interest groups, which develop solutions especially for the textile industry, are to be dealt with at future events.