Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector


The garment and footwear sector is one of the largest consumer goods sectors in the world. Although it represents an important economic driving force, the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 brought global attention to the risks of severe adverse impacts both in manufacturing but also further upstream.

Due diligence is an important process in identifying, preventing and mitigating such adverse impacts and assuring that the positive impacts of the sector are maximised. 


Due Diligence Guidance

In December 2014, the OECD launched an initiative to promote responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector. The OECD is in the process of developing guidance to support a common understanding of due diligence and responsible supply chain management in the garment and footwear sector.


Peer-learning and outreach

The OECD also promotes increased understanding of due diligence in the sector through research, peer-learning, and outreach. The OECD hosts a Roundtable on due diligence in the sector supply chain annually. The date and draft agenda for the 2016 Roundtable will be published in Spring 2016. 



Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Supply Chain, 2015, Paris 

OECD-ILO Roundtable on responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector, 2014, Paris



The Public Consultation is now closed.



Netherlands stakeholders reach Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile, 10 March 2016

Rethinking due diligence practices in the apparel supply chain, 2015

After Rana Plaza: Spotlight on responsible business conduct, OECD Observer, 2014

One Year after Rana Plaza, 2014



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