2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

February 16, 2023
08:00 - 09:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 10:00
Opening of the Forum
NazmaAkter (Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF))MatthiasAltmann (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct)Juliadel Valle (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct)CarmineDi Noia (OECD)AndreaSchill (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct)
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Closing living wage gaps in garment supply chains: From commitment to action
Living wages are an essential element of the concept and standards of responsible business conduct, on which there is broad consensus that a joint approach is needed to achieve systemic change. The session will provide an overview of the current state of play and explore existing methodologies and frameworks for collaboration between industry, trade unions and governments to close living wage gaps and address other RBC risks linked to low wages. The panel will reflect on main obstacles and identify key areas for action and next steps to scale up implementation in the industry. The session will also provide the opportunity to present and discuss a Handbook for companies to enable living incomes and wages in global supply chains currently developed by the OECD.
EvelynAstor (International Trade Union Confederation)PatrickBelser (International Labour Organization (ILO))AllanJorgensen (OECD)BärbelKofler (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)Arnoudvan Vliet (Zeeman)FrankieWhitwell (twentyfifty)
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00
Assessing RBC due diligence implementation: Reflecting a risk-based approach
Assessing company due diligence efforts is essential to ascertain whether increasing reporting requirements, voluntary commitments and due diligence obligations are effectively implemented in garment and footwear supply chains. The session will explore different options for assessing RBC due diligence. It will consider the opportunities and challenges involved in moving beyond traditional compliance-based checklists towards more risk-based, dynamic approaches. The panellists will discuss assessment efforts by, for example, voluntary initiatives and government agencies and explore whether different sources of information and meaningful indicators of progress are sufficiently considered when assessing RBC due diligence.  
HesterJanssens (Fair Wear Foundation)ArunaKashyap (Human Rights Watch)HannahKoep-Andrieu (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct)SaroshKuruvilla (Cornell University)EmilyNorton (OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct)
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00
Due Diligence of circular value chains: Addressing the risks associated with circular processes
Increasing expectations from consumers and legislators on garment and footwear companies to reduce their environmental footprint are driving brands and producers alike to look for ways of keeping the value of products and materials as long as possible in the production and use cycle. In transitioning to circular approaches, companies create new business linkages both upstream and downstream of their value chain that require them to extend their due diligence to new associated risks. The session will explore what new business relationships, for instance, with recyclers, sorters, collectors or new materials producers and processors imply for RBC due diligence, and what considerations are important when exercising due diligence on circular value chains.
LibbyAnnat (Due Diligence Design)PayalJain (H&M Group)María LuisaMartínez Díez (Global Fashion Agenda )MauroScalia (Euratex)ZubeidaZwavel (Centre for African Resource Efficiency and Sustainability (CARES), South Africa)
15:30 - 17:00
Worker engagement and the role of trade unions in due diligence
To ensure meaningful due diligence, companies need to actively engage with workers and trade unions in every step of the due diligence process. The session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining and discuss the need for engaging trade unions and workers in the design, implementation and tracking of due diligence. Panellists will identify obstacles to meaningful worker engagement, share best practice examples, and discuss approaches how to improve worker engagement in the sector through, for example, workers’ access to data, training, use of worker voice tools and global framework agreements.
NazmaAkter (Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF))VeronicaNilsson (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC))GithaRoelans (Sustainable Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva)KenichiTomiyoshi (Japan Textile Federation)AndreiVasiliev (BESTSELLER)
17:00 - 19:00
The cocktail will be held in the Château de la Muette (rooms Roger Ockrent and Georges Marshall) next to the Conference Centre