Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in Myanmar
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The OECD has worked with key Asian partners for a number of years to promote responsible investment and RBC. Under this programme, implemented together with the International Labour Organisation and the European Union, the OECD contributed 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 took place over 4 years (2018-2022) in partnership with Japan and five other partner economies, namely China, Thailand, Viet Nam, Philippines, and Myanmar.
Responsible supply chains in Myanmar
Myanmar and OECD have been collaborating since the opening of Myanmar’s economy in 2011. The 2014 OECD Investment Policy Review of Myanmar was one of the first international initiatives carried out with the Myanmar government in the area of investment policy and included a strong RBC component. Activities in Myanmar will focus on supporting an in-depth analysis of enabling policies for RBC as part of the 2020 OECD Investment Policy Review, expected to be completed in 2019-2020, as well as working with businesses on the implementation of due diligence. Activities will also include supporting RBC in the seafood and agriculture sectors.
Awareness-raising and capacity building
Deep dive on Responsible Disengagement in high-risk contexts 17 February 2021
In response to the events that unfolded in Myanmar in February 2021, the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), in collaboration with the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and EuroCham Myanmar, hosted a series of thematic dialogues and roundtables to support businesses navigate the complex and rapidly evolving situation in Myanmar. More specifically, the OECD provided guidance on how businesses operating in and/or sourcing from Myanmar, can conduct RBC due diligence, and how they can be applied in a high-risk contexts.
This webinar series provided on topics such as enhanced RBC due diligence, specific recommendations for conducting enhanced due diligence in the manufacturing sector and specific recommendations on responsible disengagement in high-risk contexts.
Virtual event: Promoting responsible investment in Myanmar - Attracting investments that help to build resilience and contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth, 24 November 2020
This virtual event proposed to bring together Myanmar policy-makers, international experts and stakeholders to share perspectives and discuss policy options to attract investments that can help foster a fair and sustainable recovery and contribute towards improving the lives of Myanmar people and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This event marked the launch of the 2nd OECD Investment Policy Review of Myanmar in the presence of the Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, followed by a high-level panel discussion on “Attracting quality investment and building resilience through RBC and international labour standards ». It targetted a broad and diverse audience and sought to ensure broad dissemination and visibility of the IPR, as well as showcase advances made by the Government in the area of responsible investment as part of the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia (RSCA) programme.
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This project is implemented in partnership with the European Union and the ILO
With funding by the European Union