OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector
The garment and footwear sector is one of the largest consumer goods sectors in the world. Although it represents an important economic driving force, the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 brought global attention to the risks of severe adverse impacts both in manufacturing but also further upstream.
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About the guidance
Adopted in 2017, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector establishes a common understanding of due diligence in the sector to help companies meet the due diligence expectations laid out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
The Guidance, which was developed through a multi-stakeholder process, was approved by all governments adhering to the OECD Guidelines and endorsed by business, trade unions and civil society. It is a direct response to the G7 Leaders’ Declaration on 7-8 June 2015 in Schloss Elmau which welcomed international efforts to promulgate industry-wide due diligence standards in the textile and ready-made garment sector. The Guidance is applicable to all companies – large and small – operating in global garment and footwear supply chains.
Survey for SMEs
Deadline for response: 30 September 2018
As part of its work to implement the Guidance, the OECD is conducting a series of surveys that target SMEs operating within the sector.
OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
30-31 January 2018, Paris. The 2018 Forum reviewed progress on the implementation of the Due Diligence Guidance, addressed emerging risks in the sector and shared learnings on implementation of the due diligence guidance across geographies.
Setting the scene
Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Responsible Business Conduct, sets the scene for Forum discussions
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