This year's virtual OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector will take place from February 01 to 05. Once again, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles participates in the international sector event.
The sessionScaling Responsible Purchasing Practices through Effective Supply Chain Partnerships(February 3, 1pm) looks at roadblocks that prevent strong buyer-supplier partnerships. The panelists discuss lessons learnt about supplier-buyer relationships during COVID-19 pandemic, with regard to Responsible Purchasing Practices, and how we can use this learning to create a better future beyond the COVID-19 crisis. They will promote a shared understanding between different types of buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders engaged. The Textiles Partnership organizes this partner session together with amfori, Better Buying, Fair Wear Foundation and Ethical Trading Initiative. Details can be found in the session description.
The Textiles Partnership will also contribute to the side session „Together for Decent Leather – from precarious jobs to decent work“ on the second day of the event (February 2, 9:30 a.m.). Jürgen Janssen, head of the Partnership Secretariat, will describe lessons learnt of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and possibilities of transfer to the leather sector. The session is organized by a consortium of European and Asian NGOs , including Partnership members Inkota and Südwind.
Furthermore, Jürgen Janssen presents experiences with the OECD Alignment Assessment. He also discusses how the Textiles Partnership has subsequently revised its Review Process based on the OECD recommendations. This input is part of the session "Alignment of due diligence initiatives - taking stock of pilot findings and reflecting on implications for government policy" on 04 February at 2:30pm. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will also participate in the session with an input.
To attend these or other sessions, please register on the OECD Forum website: OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector (oecd-events.org)