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28.01.2021

Textiles Partnership at the OECD Garment Forum

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)

OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector 

The OECD Forum is the international annual event on corporate due diligence in the textile sector. Numerous events (including side events) will take place from February 01 to 05, with the core event on February 3 and 4. The forum brings together over 600 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to address emerging risks and to share learnings on implementing labour, human rights, environmental and integrity due diligence in the sector across geographies.

The topic of building a more resilient and sustainable sector post- and during the current COVID context will be key thread running through the first main day of the Forum, including as the theme of the high-level opening panel. The second day will open with a discussion on recent mandatory due diligence policy developments with consideration of their role in enhancing and enabling company due diligence practice in the Garment and Footwear sector, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid. More information: OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector (oecd-events.org)

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