The OECD has launched a programme to advance the integration of Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), in particular risk-based due diligence, into public procurement policies and processes.
Since October 2019, the OECD has been delivering on three pillars:
1) Research and analysis to support policymaking
The OECD is taking stock of existing practices in countries to integrate RBC objectives in public procurement policies and practices. The research and data collection is a basis for:
• the report Integrating Responsible Business Conduct in Public Procurement
• a policy brief on economic benefits for governments and suppliers to integrate RBC in public procurement
• a policy brief on lessons from other policy areas for the inclusion of social elements of RBC in public procurement.
2) Knowledge sharing to promote implementation
The OECD is creating a platform to support peer learning and collaboration in the effective implementation of RBC in public procurement. The platform convenes practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders on public procurement and RBC. It provides a space to exchange on solutions for preventing and mitigating risks in global supply chains, such as through supply chain due diligence in public procurement.
3) Implementation: pilot on the public procurement of garment and textiles
A pilot on risk-based due diligence in the public procurement of garment and textiles aims to support countries in implementing the approach of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, tailored to the public procurement context.