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2024 Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

 21-22 February 2024

In-person & Online | OECD Conference Centre, Paris

 

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The 10th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector will take place on 21-22 February 2024 at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, and online.

The Forum brings together representatives of government, business, trade unions and civil society to review progress on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector to address emerging risks, and to share learnings on implementing due diligence across geographies in a neutral environment. 

 

Forum side sessions

 19, 20 & 23 February 2024 OECD Virtual Event

Side sessions Agenda

As part of the 2024 Forum, the OECD will encourage attendees to also participate in a limited number of selected virtual side sessions, organised and hosted by partner organisations. These sessions will take place alongside the Garment Forum on 19, 20, and 23 February 2024.

 

Policy Maker Roundtable on Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

 20 February 2024

In-person & Online | OECD Conference Centre, Paris

 

The OECD will host its 6th Roundtable for Policy Makers on Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector on Tuesday 20 February 2024 in Paris and online.

The event brings together government officials from adhering and non-adhering governments, as well as representatives from intergovernmental organisations engaged in the garment and footwear sector and its supply chain.

The Policy Maker Roundtable provides an important space for sharing updates, discussing policy options for enabling responsible business conduct (RBC) in the sector and addressing common challenges. Read more about the annual Roundtable for Policy Makers here.

The event is invitation-only. If you are a representative from a government or intergovernmental organisation and would like to express interest in the Roundtable, please contact: andrea.schill@oecd.org

 

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The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct are recommendations addressed by governments to multinational enterprises. They aim to encourage positive contributions enterprises can make to economic, environmental and social progress, and to minimise adverse impacts on matters covered by the Guidelines that may be associated with an enterprise’s operations, products and services. The Guidelines cover all key areas of business responsibility, including human rights, labour rights, environment, bribery and corruption, consumer interests, disclosure, science and technology, competition, and taxation. The 2023 edition of the Guidelines provides updated recommendations for responsible business conduct across key areas, such as climate change, biodiversity, technology, business integrity and supply chain due diligence, as well as updated implementation procedures for the National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct.

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2023 update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct

Since their introduction in 1976, the Guidelines have been continuously updated to remain fit for purpose in light of societal challenges and the evolving context for international business. The 2023 update reflects a decade of experience since their last review in 2011 and responds to urgent social, environmental, and technological priorities facing societies and businesses.

The updated Guidelines were released on 8 June within the context of the 2023 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. Key updates are summarised here.

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OECD Recommendation on the Role of Government in Promoting Responsible Business Conduct

The Recommendation is an OECD legal instrument in the field of responsible business conduct. It lays out principles and policy recommendations to assist policymakers and relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing policies that enable and promote responsible business conduct.

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OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Due diligence guidance 2018

 

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This guidance provides practical support to enterprises on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct.

Responsible Business Conduct thematic areas

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises reflect the expectation from governments to businesses on how to act responsibly. They bring together all thematic areas of business responsibility, including human rights and labour rights, as well as information disclosure, environment, bribery and corruption, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation. This comprehensiveness is a unique feature of the Guidelines and makes it the only government-backed instrument covering all major sustainability risks. 


Digitalisation


Criminal exploitation of resources‌‌


Climate Change


Sports and corruption


Child Labour 


 Artisanal and small-scale gold mining


Sustainable Development Goals


Public Procurement 


 Gender


Trade