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AGT to achieve 50% market coverage in 2018
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AGT to achieve 50% market coverage in 2018
The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) is hopeful of achieving its objective of 50 per cent market coverage in 2018. Since the start of the agreement in 2016, the number of participants has risen from 55 to 79 brands. This means that approximately 42-45 per cent of the Dutch garment industry is a party to the agreement.

Problems in emerging markets in the developing world are often so complex that there is very little one company can achieve alone. Hence, a broad coalition of partners has signed the agreement including industry associations, trade unions, NGOs, and the government of the Netherlands.

The agreement has, for the first time, systematically identified the materials companies use and the subsequent quantity of sustainable materials. It is clear that cotton is by far the most frequently used material, of which 56 per cent is conventional cotton and 44 per cent more sustainable cotton.

Now, AGT has reported a substantially larger number of production sites. The new production site list shows the 4,267 sites where participating companies produced goods in the past year. The sharp rise in the number of production sites is a result of more companies signing up to the Agreement, as well as companies gaining more insight into their supply chain and production sites. This is a positive step towards transparency, because if companies gain a better understanding of the value chain, they are in a better position to act on the risks identified. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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