Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector
In the wake of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013, initiatives to strengthen regulation of global supply chains in the textile and garment sector have multiplied. Tackling the issues involved requires sustained collaboration among industry, government, worker organisations and civil society.
The inaugural Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct in 2013 addressed the Rana Plaza tragedy as a matter of priority with the participation of a high-level delegation from Bangladesh led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Discussions focused on the challenges facing the textile industry, how to co-ordinate the actions of countries adhering to the Guidelines and the development of collective responses within this sector. The 2nd Global Forum in 2014 discussed global efforts undertaken to build responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector, particularly in relation to the June 2013 Declaration of National Contact Points. An ILO-OECD Roundtable on responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector in September 2014 looked at the possibility of developing additional OECD due diligence guidance in this area.
The OECD has established a multi-stakeholder advisory group to devise a clear action plan, which includes the development of a due diligence guide to help promote co-ordination and collaboration between stakeholders and harmonise existing standards in the sector.
Latest update 13th November 2015
Draft for contributions
The OECD is developing a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector intended to support the development of a common understanding of supply chain due diligence in the garment and footwear supply chains; and clarify the expectations of enterprises in the design and implementation of effective risk-based due diligence.
Invitation to contribute
Government, business and civil society representatives, international organisations, and participants of the OECD Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Supply Chain taking place on 1-2 October 2015 are invited to contribute comments to the current draft of this Guidance.