Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in Japan


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 Japan


The Japan activities under the Programme involve close co-operation with the National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct to support continued Japanese leadership in the region on promoting responsible supply chains and implementing OECD RBC standards. The OECD will also be working with Japanese businesses - in particular in the electronics and vehicle parts sectors – to support RBC due diligence and explore innovative and concrete ways to address environmental, social and human rights issues related to the global supply chains in these sectors.


Programme activities in Japan will focus on:


  • raising awareness and building capacity on international corporate responsibility standards and practices;
  • conducting research and disseminating good practice with the government, businesses, trade unions and NGOs;  
  • fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships; and
  • coordinating with existing policy initiatives and activities to maximise effectiveness.


The Programme will be implemented in parternship with governments as well as businesses operating in or having suppliers in Japan and Europe.


The ultimate beneficiaries are people working in global supply chains, consumers benefiting from products made in a responsible manner, citizens benefiting from environmental protection and respect for human rights, and companies benefiting from increased productivity, new competitive advantage, and sustainable growth.


Awareness raising and capacity building


Read article published in the Japan Journal of International Development about the Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme

Mr. Junpei Sunahara, Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD, published an article in the Journal of International Development regarding Responsible Business Conduct and OECD’s outreach activities in Asia. The article explains growing interest in RBC both in Japan and China and highlights the role of OECD RBC Unit in raising awareness on RBC issues. The article emphasises the importance of Japanese leadership in disseminating best practices to other Asian countries and facilitating the implementation of RBC in the region through international co-operation.


OECD Due Diligence Guidance in Japanese

 - the launch of the Guidance, to support Japanese leadership in implementing due diligence for responsible supply chains & Responsible Business Conduct, took place as part of the EU-OECD-METI event 'Implementing Responsible Business and Human Rights expectations and standards in Japan'



Previous and up-coming events in Japan - find out more !






OECD Due Diligence Guidance in the Electronics Sector


Flyer: OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct





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With funding by the European Union


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