Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in China
About the project
The OECD has worked with key Asian partners for a number of years to promote responsible investment and RBC. Under this new programme, implemented together with the International Labour Organisation and the European Union, the OECD will contribute its extensive expertise on trade and investment and on risk-based RBC due diligence to support in-country policy developments and action to create an enabling environment for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), to boost industry capacity and to raise awareness of the importance of RBC.
The programme will be undertaken over 3 years (2018-2020) in partnership with China and five other partner economies, namely Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Philippines, and Myanmar.
Responsible supply chains in China
China is a key partner country of the OECD. Collaboration on RBC focuses on supporting the alignment of the Chinese RBC sector standards with international standards. The partnership under the project builds on the development and promotion of the Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains (which is based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected Areas) and the active participation of China in the development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the Garment and Footwear Sector and cooperation on its implementation.
Building on the constructive outcome of the OECD-China Joint Programme of Work for 2015-16, the OECD and China are currently in discussion for a new joint work programme for 2018-20, which includes strengthening cooperation on RBC. Activities will be centered on supporting RBC the electronics and textiles sectors.
Awareness raising and capacity building
OECD Seminar on Responsible Business Conduct, 13 December 2018, Guangzhou
The seminar, bringing together about a hundred representatives from governments, business, international organisations and civil society, introduced RBC work and key technical concepts to help deepen understanding of the major challenges and opportunities that Chinese companies face when implementing responsible business and contributing to sustainable development in China and abroad.
This seminar was organised by the OECD in partnership with the China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE) and received support from the GoldenBee CSR Consulting.
With funding by the European Union