Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in China
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 China
China is a key partner country of the OECD. Collaboration on RBC focuses on supporting the alignment of the Chinese RBC sector standards with international standards. The partnership under the project builds on the development and promotion of the Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains (which is based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected Areas) and the active participation of China in the development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the Garment and Footwear Sector and cooperation on its implementation.
Building on the constructive outcome of the OECD-China Joint Programme of Work for 2015-16, the OECD and China are currently in discussion for a new joint work programme for 2018-20, which includes strengthening cooperation on RBC. Activities will be centered on supporting RBC the electronics and textiles sectors.
Awareness raising and capacity building
The China Sustainability Tribune is a leading magazine on RBC, CSR and sustainability topics in China and under the supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Its “Dialogue” series is a monthly discussion of cutting-edge developments in sustainability, including trends in China, across the globe and at corporate practice level. Businesses are facing evolving expectations in the new era with interconnected markets. The role and responsibility of businesses are growing in the face of the increasingly severe global challenges such as the climate change and social inequality. In this exchange, 对话｜责任“定位”，新时代企业的生存之道 (Dialogue│”Determining” responsibility, the survival of enterprises in the new era), Cristina Tébar-Less, Acticing Head of OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, underlines the importance of responsible business and risk based due diligence to continue to ensure responsible supply chains in China and abroad, shares her thoughts on the value of RBC for enterprises and the achievement of SDGs as well as the prospects of cooperation between China and the OECD on RBC in the future.
ILO-MOHRSS CSR Workshop for Facilitators, Beijing, 22-24 October
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