OECD to highlight due diligence in the garment and textile sector

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

06-February-2019  |  2 mins read

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Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is organizing an event on 13-14 February at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris where around 400 representatives from various sectors will come together to discuss key issues and risks related to the textile sector.

The event will start with two pre-forum sessions, one discussing about the use of best available techniques in order to combat harm caused by pollution in the textile sector and the other one being the detailed discussion on improving the transparency and traceability for sustainable value chains in the garment sector.

The event will also be highlighting more forums focusing on the impact of due diligence in the industry and how to implement the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear segment.

According to OECD, the evening features four ‘deep dive’ sessions built on previous forum sessions providing opportunities so as to focus on concrete practices that enable effective due diligence. Besides this, the topics covered will include the link between bribery and corruption, human rights and environmental due diligence along with the links between due diligence and child rights.

The second day of the conference will follow a similar pattern with exploratory sessions that will give an overview of an issue or aspect of due diligence applied to the garment supply chain which may not be fully explored before and also bringing together experts and practitioners. Apart from the sessions there will be consultation sessions too.

OECD mentions that, “These sessions will focus on understanding the perspectives and meaningfully consulting the stakeholders on a central question.”

Moreover in the lead-up event, a roundtable for policy makers will also be taking place on February 12 deliberating about the policy options for enabling as well as promoting responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector. It aims to take stock of existing policy options and government-backed initiatives in the sector as well as common challenges faced by by the policy makers.

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