The textile sector is one of the focal point sectors that touch almost all areas of influence of sustainable development. Let's take a look at the centralized position of the textile industry in sustainable development through SDGs.
Now let's take a look at the links between the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the connection between all of these goals and the textile industry.
These goals for those who do not know:
No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education,
5. Gender Equality, 6.Clean Water and Sanitation, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy,
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure,
10. Reduce Inequalities, 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life Below Water, 15. Life On Land, 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, 17. Partnerships For The Goals
You can find the explanation and sub-breakdown of each of these goals by clicking the link https://www.globalgoals.org
In order to achieve these goals, the United Nations focuses on reaching healthy individuals, which is the 3th goal, and to reset the hunger, which is the 2th goal, with sustainable agriculture. But when the hunger is zeroed, poverty, which is the first goal, should be put to an end in order for people to have this existence with their own dignity, not with charity. For this, we need to create a decent work and economic growth environment, which is the 8th goal. When we say economic growth, a company needs to produce different derivative economies rather than producing or consuming more. Therefore, we need to achieve economic growth with the industry, innovation and infrastructure which is the 9th goal. So what do we need when this growth occurred? We need affordable and clean energy, the 7th goal that can meet this growth. For the formation of all this innovative approach and infrastructure, quality education, which is the 4th goal, is needed. In other words, we are talking about the need for renovation of education rather than human education. If we ask if this education will be taken from whom, half of the world is women, half of the employment and consumption are women. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure gender equality, which is the 5th objective, and by reducing the inequalities, which is the 10th objective, without discriminating religion, language, race and sexual orientation. So what needs to happen when we achieve these goals? It comes to the forefront that people should have a sustainable living space, and this should be achieved in the focus of sustainable cities and communities, which is the 11th goal. It is obvious that the first need of these cities and communities is access to clean water, hygiene and public health conditions, which is the 6th goal. The way to achieve all these eleven goals at the same through is 12th goal, responsible consumption and production. All these twelve objectives are actually linked to the 13th goal climate action, which is actually the cornerstone of global development. With the failure to achieve the goals in climate action, all 12 goals are fail through. When we solve the climate action, we can be able to secure both of the 14th goal and the 15th goal. How we can secure all these goals? If the World Trade Center are not demolished again that we can secure all these goals by providing peace and justice, the 16th goal. In order to achieve all these goals, should get into a partnership for the goals which is the 17th goal.
Let's consider the SDGs in four dimensions according to their areas of influence and define their compatibility with the textile industry.
When we associate the impact areas of sustainability with the sustainability-oriented impact areas of the textile
• The prevalence of textile labor in regions where poverty and hunger are most intense.
• Developed countries move their textile production centers to developing countries.
• The importance given to employee health in textile production centers. And production processes that affect the health conditions in their production environment.
• Working groups with low level of education.