2023 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector


Githa Roelans

Sustainable Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva

Head, Multinational Enterprises Unit


Githa Roelans is the Head of the Multinational Enterprises Unit. The unit provides policy advice and technical assistance to governments, employers and workers in ILO member States on the application of the ILO Tripartite Declaration concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and plays a central role in ILO's engagement with enterprises on responsible labour practices and supply chains. The unit collaborates with many international organizations, including the OHCHR, OECD, UN Global Compact, UNDP, UNCTAD, FAO, EU, WAIPA etc. thus contributing to policy coherence on responsible business conduct. Githa Roelans joined the ILO in 2007 where she held positions in the Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and the Bureau for Gender Equality before taking up her current post in the Sustainable Enterprises department. Previously she worked in the UNIDO Beijing Office (China) and held senior advisory positions in global consultancies in Brussels (Belgium). She is a Belgian national and graduate of the University of Leuven (KULeuven and UCL), where she subsequently held research and management posts.

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