Guidelines for multinational enterprises

Alignment assessment of industry initiatives for due diligence in the garment and footwear sector



The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector is the negotiated and government-backed benchmark for due diligence by industry, multi-stakeholder and government-backed initiatives. To help support a common understanding of due diligence while also enabling cross-recognition between programmes, the OECD has launched a voluntary process to assess the alignment of these initiatives with the OECD Guidance. This process, called the OECD Alignment Assessment process, is voluntary and is based on the following Assessment Methodology and Assessment Tool. 



Call to support the OECD in an upcoming Alignment Assessment for the Garment and Textiles Sector




Date of publication
12 February 2020


Assessment of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

12/02/2020 - Established in 2014, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (the PST) is a government-backed multi-stakeholder initiative which brings together business, trade unions, standards holders, civil society and the German Federal Government to “bring about continuous improvement of social, environmental and economic sustainability along the textile supply chain”. Companies participating in the PST agree to individual commitments, which include assessing their due diligence processes through a baseline questionnaire and working towards negotiated targets. Companies also commit to publish roadmaps and progress reports against targets and undergo a third-party plausibility review.

This report sets out the findings of the OECD’s evaluation of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. 

Download the German PST report


Read the PST's response to the OECD Alignment Assessment


Date of publication
13 February 2019


Assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

13/02/2019 - Industry-led and multi-stakeholder initiatives that incorporate due diligence expectations can represent a strong inducement for companies to carry out due diligence and provide valuable opportunities for shared learning. However, a proliferation of expectations at a domestic level or across initiatives can create challenges for businesses operating globally who may be subject to various expectations.

The SAC’s Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM) is a self-assessment tool that seeks to assess the environmental and social performance of SAC brand and retail members. This report sets out the findings of the OECD’s evaluation of the Higg BRM (Beta version) and corresponding guidance.


Download the SAC report 

Read SAC's response to the OECD Alignment Assessment



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