By the end of 2018, ICS was recognized as a reference within the reporting of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textile. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (GIZ) is a multi-stakeholder initiative comprising representatives of business, civil society, the German Government, standards organizations and trade unions. The aim of the Partnership is to pool the strength and expertise of its members in order to bring about social, environmental and economic improvements all along the textile supply chain. The Partnership’s member companies represent roughly half of the German textile and clothing market. As part of their reporting for the Partnership, ICS members can refer to the ICS standards or activities undertaken due to their ICS memberships.