Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Heightened due diligence in the Myanmar garment sector - the story so far

Feb 21, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Side Sessions


By Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and EuroCham Myanmar The military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021 has had a devastating effect on Myanmar’s growing cut-make-pack apparel sector and put an end to any chances of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The clampdown on freedom of expression and association, including by trade unions, and safety risks for workers as a consequence of heightened military presence in industrial areas has prompted some brands to end sourcing from Myanmar. Others believe that exit will have a significant negative impact on hundreds of thousands of workers and their families, and that heightened human rights due diligence, taking into account the impacts of conflict on the sector and the sector on the conflict is essential in informing their sourcing decisions. This session will provide an update on these assessments and hear how brands, labour organisations and others are collaborating to identify heightened human rights risks, and prevent and mitigate them. Please register to attend this session.