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BERLIN – Germany’s Minister of Development, who recently criticised the overseas sourcing practices of Adidas in Bangladesh – a charge which the German sportswear giant denies – has now also called for a new ‘Green Button’ to indicate the environmental and social credentials of textiles and clothing sold on the German market.

Speaking at a Textile Round Table initiative at the Berlin Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK) this week, Gerd Müller, Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, said it was wrong to sell textiles that have been made under conditions considered unacceptable in Germany, which it comes to environmental regulations and worker’s wages.

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