Propagating sustainable apparel in Asia

Woman using laptop and checking the saree that she got delivered from online store

As part of the EU supported SWITCH-Asia II Initiative, the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Facility, launched in 2017, supports the development or adjustment of the policy framework for the promotion of SCPs in Asia. This will help to promote sustainable growth in Asia, achieve economic prosperity and reduce poverty, and support the development of a sustainable economy that counteracts the effects of climate change.

Among others, structured stakeholder dialogues, the so-called Communities of Interest (COI), are used to bring together industrial actors and decision-makers in country politics in order to facilitate the introduction of specific SCP aspects into the policy framework of 10 selected Asian countries. Textiles and leather are among the current target sectors.

In this context adelphi supports the initiative by analysing the SCP framework for the leather and textile industry in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The results provide the agenda and guidance for a sector-specific Community of Interest. The outcomes of this dialogue process contribute to the development, harmonisation and anchoring of sector relevant SCP policies. At present, the principles of sustainable consumption and sustainable production are implemented at various levels in the countries selected. The study presents trends, sustainability, and market challenges of sectors across the region and breaks them down to individual countries, explaining their individual situation and degree of implementation with regard to SCPs.