OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Uzbekistan Cotton-Textiles Clusters: Opportunities and Challenges

Feb 23, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Organised by: Fair Labor Association (FLA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Emerging European human rights due diligence legislation and the changing landscape in Uzbekistan — including the elimination of child and forced labor and the creation of a vertically integrated cotton-to-garment value chain — has opened doors to new opportunities for the growth of the cotton and textile industry in the country. Companies sourcing from Uzbekistan have the opportunity to shape the working and environmental conditions in the country by introducing effective grievance mechanisms, international labor and environmental standards, and social dialogue. This side session brings together a diverse set of expert organizations working in Uzbekistan on labor and human rights issues — including FLA, GIZ, Uzbekistan Textile and garment industry association (Uztekstilprom), the Cotton Campaign, the International Labour Organisation’s Better Work Program, and Better Cotton — to discuss next steps for the cotton and textile industry in Uzbekistan. Watch session on replay (EN) Watch session on replay (RU)

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