23-24 February OECD Virtual Event
The 8th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector took place on 23-24 February 2022.
The theme of the 2022 Forum was Rethinking The Business Model For Responsible Supply Chains. Discussions considered key developments in the sector, some affecting the very essence of supply chain structures and the capacity of different actors to adopt risk-based due diligence in their day to day activities. A series of panel sessions explored which type of business models and broader policy initiatives deliver better practice on RBC, across topics from purchasing practices to supply chain dialogue structures, from living wages to climate risk mitigation and adaptation, and from mandatory due diligence to public procurement. Together, participants focused on opportunities and next steps for scaling those initiatives that demonstrate impact.
The Forum brought together representatives of government, business, trade unions and civil society to review progress on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector to address emerging risks and to share learnings on implementing due diligence across geographies in a neutral environment. A keynote speech was delivered by OECD Deputy Secretary-General, Yoshiki Takeuchi.
Forum side sessions
As part of the 2022 Forum, the OECD encouraged attendees to also participate in a limited number of selected side sessions, organised and hosted by partner organisations. These sessions took place alongside the OECD Forum on 21, 22 and 25 February.
Moroccan on-site event
Hosted by the Moroccan National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct and IndustriALL Global Union, on 23-24 February participants based in Morocco were invited to join the live streaming of the OECD Forum sessions and partake in an on-site side session Promoting Social Dialogue in the Textile, Garment, Shoes and Leather Sector in Morocco both supported by English - Arabic interpretation.
OECD Roundtable for Policy Makers
The OECD hosted a roundtable for policy makers on Tuesday 22 February 2022 to convene policy makers from across key economies engaged in the garment and footwear sector and its supply chain as part of the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector.
The theme for this year’s roundtable was accompanying measures for mandatory due diligence law.
The Roundtable, an invitation-only event, was open to government officials from OECD members and adhering governments, governments from key economies in the sector and representatives from intergovernmental organisations.
Read more about the annual Roundtable for Policy Makers here.
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