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Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains - Textile Sector

As the second most polluting industry, the textile sector is responsible for a large portion of the world’s CO2 emissions and industrial waste, not to mention the exploitation of “indecent” working conditions. At the same time, the industry has a complex value chain, with production facilities located all over the world, making it harder to gain accurate information about sources and relevant environmental, health, and social risks and impacts. In order to increase the industry’s ability to manage its value chain more sustainably, both consumers and businesses must first be aware of the nature and magnitude of the issues. Improving transparency and traceability has therefore become a priority.

Our Focus

UNECE and UN/CEFACT, together with experts from governments, private sector, academia, international governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has looked into such risks and impacts and has produced a study. Based on its findings, in 2017, a project for an international framework initiative on transparency and traceability for sustainability patterns in the clothing and footwear sector has been launched, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12) on responsible production and consumption, of the 2030 Agenda. The project aims at developing principles and policy recommendations, standards and implementation guidelines for traceability of sustainable textile value chains.


23-27 April 201831st UN/CEFACT Forum. To attend the Conference, participants need to be registered for the UN/CEFACT Forum. You are kindly invited to register online.

3 October 2017: 30th UN/CEFACT Forum. Conference on “Ethical and informed choices for sustainable clothing …” in Rome, Italy.

6 June 2017:The Emperor’s New Clothes



If you wish to take part in the initiative or require further information, please contact maria-teresa.pisani@unece.org