WWF's vision in the textile sector: transforming the textile sector in Vietnam and engaging sectoral and environmental governance in order to bring social, economic and conservation benefits to the country and the entire Mekong region.
The textile sector is one of the key drivers of Vietnam’s economy. As a top exporter, the sector accounts for 15% of the country’s total exports, valued at USD 31.2 billion in 2017. It is also a heavy energy and water user/polluter because certain segments of its supply chain in Vietnam require significant water for wet processing, generate highly polluted wastewater from chemical dying, and consume large amount of power for water boiling and running machineries. The sector is highly motivated to transform its existing branding of being “low cost and low environmental standard ‘Made in Vietnam’” to “sustainably ‘Made in Vietnam’” in order to attract further foreign investments and to gain a competitive business edge to trade in global market.
Sponsored by HSBC, WWF is working with Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) and other national and international partners with a vision to transform the textile sector in Vietnam by engaging them on sectoral and environmental governances to bring social, economic, and conservation benefits to the country and the entire Mekong region. This initial 2.5 year project, launched in September 2018, is supported by the goal of improving water and energy performances and reducing their impacts in the context of improving Mekong River governance and tackling climate change. This is achieved by making textile businesses more active participates in Mekong River management, sustainable energy planning and creating an opportunity for these businesses to discuss collective action to achieve sustainable investment and development in the textile sector.
A detailed analysis on Textile and Garment Sector in Vietnam: Water Risks and Solutions was launched in November 2018;
A MoU was signed with VITAS to formally establish collaboration on greening textile sector in Vietnam;
An international workshop on greening textile and garment industry was conveyed in Ho Chi Minh City on 29 November 2018;
A climate action training was carried out with German fashion brand suppliers in October 2018;
A policy, initiative and stakeholder mapping of Vietnam’s textile sector was carried out and synthesis report to inform WWF’s textile project implementation was completed.
Working with VITAS to promote green textile sector vision and strategy formulation;
Working with domestic financial institutions to promote green textile financing;
Collaborating with Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism and Chinese National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) to promote sustainable Chinese overseas investment in industrial parks and textile sector in Vietnam.