Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector


11-13 February 2020 OECD Conference Centre, Paris

OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector 

Due Diligence in a shifting context” is the theme of the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector taking place on 11 - 13 February 2020 at OECD, Paris.

The Garment and Footwear Forum brings together over 500 representatives from governments, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss the application of responsible business conduct within the sector in a neutral environment.

Plenary discussions in 2020 will explore how due diligence can be reconciled with trade tensions as well as the various shades of grey around mandatory due diligence. This year’s forum will also provide the opportunity to explore how technology can support monitoring and worker engagement, SMEs and due diligence, and due diligence implications of circular supply chain models in the sector. Registration will open mid-December. 

Surveys on the sourcing practices of SMEs in the garment and footwear sector supply chain 

As part of the implementation strategy for the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, the OECD is conducting a series of surveys that target SMEs operating within the sector. The goal of the surveys is to collect data on sourcing practices in order to identify pragmatic approaches to implementing due diligence that are tailored to their size, resources, nature of business, and sourcing models.

We invite agents, brands, licensees, manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers to answer the 2019 survey, available in English, Spanish and French, by the 31st of January.


Agenda overview and session notes 

Day 1|11 February 2020

Pre-Forum Sessions

9:00 - 18:00 

13:30 - 13:00 

  • Roundtable for policy makers on responsible garment & footwear supply chains 

Day 2|12 February 2020

Forum Sessions

10:15 - 11:00 

  • Reconciling due diligence and shifting trade strategies                                                     

11.30 - 12.30

  • Due diligence practices in the Chinese textile sector

12.30 - 14.30

  •  Garment Tech Talks

16.30 - 17.30

  • Roundtable: the good, the bad and the lessons learned on using technology for monitoring & worker engagement 

Day 3|13 February 2020

Forum Sessions

10:00 - 10:45

  • Due diligence policy: What’s new? What have we learned? What’s needed? 

11:15 - 12:00

  • Drivers for due diligence in the Indian textile sector

11:15 - 12:30

  • Alignment Assessment: Key learnings for collaborative initiatives

12.30 - 14.30

  •  Garment Tech Talks


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