From 21 to 25 February, this year's virtual OECD Forum on the implementation of corporate due diligence measures in the textile sector took place. Once again this year, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles took part in the international industry event.
Complaints mechanisms and acces to remedy
The session "Collaborative approaches to improve access to remedy" dealt with the collaborative approaches to facilitate access to complaint mechanisms and redress for workers in the textile and clothing sector. The Textiles Partnership, amfori and Fair Wear Foundation organized the session and presented initial approaches. Afterwards, four representatives from government, trade unions, companies and industry initiatives discussed opportunities and challenges.
New framework for purchasing practices
The side session "Creating a new balance in buyer-supplier relations" focused in particular on the Common Framework for Responsible Purchasing Practices (CFRPP). The guide is aimed at companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives alike and is intended to serve as a guide to improving purchasing practices. In the session, the framework and its contribution to more balanced buyer-supplier relationships, its practical applicability and the next steps for implementation were presented and discussed. The session was organized by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles together with the Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI) and the CFRPP working group of multi-stakeholder initiatives, which includes the Ethical Trading Initiative, Ethical Trade Norway, Better Buying Institute and Fair Wear Foundation.
OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
The OECD Forum is the central international event on the implementation of corporate due diligence in the textile sector. It brings together representatives of governments, companies, trade unions and civil society. The OECD organises the Forum annually. In the days before and after, further side sessions will take place.
This year's motto was "Rethinking the Business Model for Responsible Supply Chains". The focus was on developments in the textile sector, which have an impact on supply chain structures and various actors.