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Conference on Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains: Enhancing Transparency in the Textile and Leather Sector

24 April 2018,
9:00 to 17:30

On 24th April, it is going to be five years since the Rana Plaza’s tragic collapse of a garment factory, where 1,100 lives were lost and many more injured. Significant progress has been made, but more remains to be done to better safeguard the working conditions of more than 60 million workers in the industry, of which 75% are women. Not to mention the environmental and health impacts, in terms of CO2 emissions, water consumption, waste production and use of hazardous chemicals, which will intensify by 2030 with current trajectories of production and consumption.

In order to increase the industry’s ability to manage its value chain more sustainably, both consumers and businesses must first be aware of the nature and magnitude of these risks. Improving transparency and traceability of value chains has therefore become a priority.

This conference aims to brainstorm on possible approaches and innovative solutions for for tracking and tracing supply chains in the sector. In particular, the conference will discuss the progress of the ongoing UNECE UN/CEFACT project on a framework initiative, which aims at developing principles and policy recommendations, standards and implementation guidelines for transparent and sustainable textile and leather value chains, in line with SDG 12 on responsible production and consumption. 

The meeting is open to experts on trade facilitation, international supply chain management, traceability and sustainability in the clothing and footwear sector from governments, the private sector, academia and international organizations.

To participate, please register before 16 April 2018 on the UNECE website 

For additional details about the Conference, please visit:

Should you need any more information about the meeting, please contact: Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani at

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