Sustainable textile supply chains

-DAAD University Business Partnership Programme-

Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has become a decisive factor in many industries and a focus topic for scientific research. However, further research on conceptual frameworks and management practices is required.

The research project is the first to study the combination of SSCM practices, performance and risk in textile and apparel SCs.

The project aims at public outreach via different outlets:

  • Conferences and publications
  • Dissemination of results to project partners
  • Practitioner reports

Scientific contribution:

  • State-of-the-art in SSCM for textile and apparel industry identified
  • Taxonomy of sustainable textile and apparel SCs developed
  • Framework for SSCM practices, performance and risk in textile and apparel SCs conceptualized

Managerial implications:

  • Decision-makers gain insight on implications of SSCM practices
  • New approaches to measure and manage sustainability performance and risk

Partners are:


  • Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology (EiTEX, Ethiopia)
  • Ethiopian Institute of Technology- Mekelle (EIT-M, Ethiopia)
  • Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS, Germany)
  • Reutlingen University (RU, Germany)

Business partners:

  • Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. (German-African Business Association)
  • DBL Industries PLC
  • Kebire Enterprises PLC MAA Garment and Textile factory
  • Mey GmbH & Co KG
  • Otto Kessler GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Dr. Marcus Brandenburg
+49 461 805 1368