Textiles Partnership, AGT and SAC organise partner session at OECD Forum in Paris
„Alignment between initiatives at the European level: Potential for scaling up due diligence implementation in the garment sector“
The Textiles Partnership is participating with a partner session in the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector in Paris (11 - 13 February). The session is organised and conducted jointly with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). It is titled „Alignment between initiatives at the European level: Potential for scaling up due diligence implementation in the garment sector“.
Pierre Hupperts (AGT Chairman) will moderate the session. According to the current status, the following persons will participate in the panel discussion:
Anosha Wahidi, Director “Sustainable Supply Chain Unit”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Muriel Treibich, Lobby and Advocacy Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign International Office
Christina Hajagos-Clausen, Director Textile and Garment Industry, IndustriALL
Anna Athanasopoulou, Head of Unit “Tourism, Textiles and Creative Industries”, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Sofie Schop, Sustainability Director, G-Star RAW
Abhishek Bansal, Head of Sustainability, Arvind Ltd. (India)
A common approach at European level to the implementation of corporate due diligence
The three cooperation partners - Textiles Partnership, AGT and SAC - are united in their desire to achieve a common understanding of corporate due diligence in the textile sector at European level. If the same requirements were to apply to all European brand and trading companies in the fashion sector ("level playing field"), this would be a major step forward and would significantly increase the leverage. The OECD Forum provides the appropriate international framework for discussion with industry representatives* as well as with non-governmental organisations, trade unions and political decision-makers*.
The Textiles Partnership, AGT and SAC have been cooperating for several years. All three initiatives have passed the OECD review. This so-called Alignment Assessment aims to promote a common understanding of corporate due diligence and to facilitate the mutual recognition of existing initiatives. The OECD has now also published the final report of the Alignment Assessment of the Textiles Partnership: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/alignment-assessment-garment-footwear.htm
Find a response of the Textiles Partnership on how to deal with the OECD recommendations here.