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B2B market place public procurement of sustainable textiles and clothing

12. October 2017 @ 10:00 - 16:00

The CSR competence centre Textiles and Clothing lower Rhine is organising on October 12, 2017 in Mönchengladbach, Germany a North  Rhine Westfalia Information Day with a focus on public procurement of sustainable textiles and clothing (only in German language), and participation is free for all, including company’s exhibitors

For decision makers on municipal level procurement of sustainable products is comparable to a dance on an unsecured rope. Municipal restricted budgets, increasing cost pressure are minimising the scope for pricing and product selection on both sides of the bar. This market place meeting wants to present Best Practice examples for feasible solutions. In the framework of the procurement law it will also show how specifications and criteria are to be established for sustainable products. Sustainable action and price conscious sourcing are no longer exempted.

The event is focusing on representatives of communities active in the sector of public procurement (health services, uniforms and protective clothing, building facilities) and textile logisticians and linen rental, but also on buyers of clinics, hotels and gastronomy. At the same the market place should offer enterprises the opportunity to present products of this kind and to prove that the market offers already competitive products on a sustainable basis. The multitude of products entails working clothes of municipal staff as well as textile for public building facilities. The increasing demand for responsible use of resources and the observance of politically agreed sustainable goals have to be adapted also by communities, especially due to the fact that such entities represent a significant market share.

The speakers

Kirstin Stechemesser is since 2015 responsible at the Federal Environment Agency for the sectors eco-design, environmental labelling and eco-friendly sourcing. She is foremost responsible for the European Ecolabel as well as for the blue angel for textiles and footwear. Most recently she was occupied intensively with the development of a step plan for the eco-friendly and sustainable textile sourcing of the Federal German Government Administration.

Christian Wimberger is working for the Christian Initiative Romero (CIR) and for the responsible public sourcing. In a short input he will share with the participants of the event the results of a pilot project of the City of Dortmund, Germany for the sourcing of professional clothes combined with high social standards under the accompaniment of CIR. In addition he will give an outlook on social textile sourcing at municipal, state and Federal level.

Ann-Kathrin Voege (M.A.) is project leader for the compass sustainability and the federal network Fair Sorucing at SKEW and supports communities in the transformation of fair and sustainable sourcing. In her speech she will describe the Compass Sustainability and the application of the portal for the execution of public procurement. SKEW, the service unit of Communities in one World of Engagement Global is the competence centre of municipal development policy in Germany and is at service of communities by order of the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development.

Michaela Reithinger is working for Fairtrade Germany  and will speak about the networking possibilities in the sector of  sustainable public procurement. The campaign Fairtraide Towns, where also the city of Mönchengladbach is member, can support and assist the municipal network.

The CSR centre of competence Textile and Clothing of the lower Rhine is a cooperative project of the economic development agency Mönchengladbach, EthNa Institute of the University Lower Rhine, of FATM of University Münster and ZUTex as representative of textile organisations. It is supported by the EU and of the state North Rhine Westfalia.

The entrepreneur network MaxTex is an international federation of enterprises and scientific institutions successfully exercising sustainable practise in the textile economy, with a focus on Textile Services, Facitility Management and Textile Logistics. Additional sectors and firms are offered a platform to present their company and products.

Registration can be made here or via E-Mail harings@wfmg.de


12. October 2017
10:00 - 16:00