ITMF’s recent Corona-surveys have revealed textile orders have plummeted over 40 per cent globally and textile turnover in 2020 is expected to be 33 per cent lower than in 2019. Therefore, ITMF views it is essential for brands and retailers to adopt responsible sourcing practices to enable socially compliant and eco-friendly production.
According to the federation, they need to find solutions to pay their workers and avoid massive layoffs. They should also realize that in a situation of global demand and supply disruptions, cooperation and dialogue are paramount for the entire supply chain. Passing the loss and pain to suppliers by cancelling orders cannot be the answer and further weaken the supply chain further. Founded in 1904, ITMF’s members include associations and companies in the fiber, textile, apparel, home textile, textile machinery and textile chemical industry in almost 60 countries around the world.