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Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

 

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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OECD Pilot Alignment Assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The OECD has launched a process to assess the alignment of multi-stakeholder and industry initiatives with the detailed recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.

This report sets out the findings of the OECD's Pilot Alignment Assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The SAC’s Higg Brand & Retail Module (Beta version) is a self-assessment tool that seeks to assess the environmental and social performance of SAC brand and retail members.

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OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

13-14 February 2019, Paris

Debates at the 2019 Forum focused on ‘Measuring Impact’.

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Roundtable for Policy Makers

12 February 2019, Paris

Organised back-to-back with the Forum, the Roundtable convened policy makers from across key economies engaged in the garment and footwear sector and its supply chain to discuss policy options for enabling and promoting vibrant and responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector. 

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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.

 

Resources

ASN Bank, Living Wage in Garments report, 2018

How OECD’s new due diligence instrument can transform the global garment industry, 2017

Towards a standardised supplier assessment framework

Netherlands stakeholders reach Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile, 2016

Rethinking due diligence practices in the apparel supply chain, 2015

After Rana Plaza: Spotlight on responsible business conduct, OECD Observer, 2014

One Year after Rana Plaza, 2014

 

Past events

2018 Forum

2017 Roundtable

2015 Roundtable 

2014 Roundtable

 

Implementation plan

 

Contact 

Jennifer.SCHAPPERT@oecd.org

 

Surveys on the sourcing practices of SMEs in the garment and footwear sector

As part of the implementation strategy for the recently-adopted OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, the OECD conducted a series of surveys throughout 2018 that targeted SMEs operating within the sector. SMEs may have fewer resources and capacity to implement due diligence compared to larger enterprises. As such, the goal of the surveys is to collect data on SMEs operating in the garment and footwear sector in order to identify pragmatic approaches to implementing due diligence that are tailored to their size, resources, nature of business, and sourcing models.

 

 

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