Promoting Responsible Supply Chains in Japan
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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, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
Responsible supply chains in Japan
The Japan activities under the Programme involved close co-operation with the National Contact Point for Responsible Business Conduct to support continued Japanese leadership in the region on promoting responsible supply chains and implementing OECD RBC standards. The OECD worked with Japanese businesses - in particular in the electronics and vehicle parts sectors – to support RBC due diligence and explore innovative and concrete ways to address environmental, social and human rights issues related to the global supply chains in these sectors.
Programme activities in Japan will focused on:
The Programme was implemented in partnership with governments as well as businesses operating in or having suppliers in Japan and Europe. The ultimate beneficiaries included people working in global supply chains, consumers benefiting from products made in a responsible manner, citizens benefiting from environmental protection and respect for human rights, and companies benefiting from increased productivity, new competitive advantage, and sustainable growth.
Case Studies on Environmental Due Diligence: Examples From Japanese Businesses
The six case studies enclosed in this series provide examples of corporate efforts to conduct environmental due diligence, drawing on the experience of Japanese companies. They aim to support business in the practical implementation of environmental due diligence across supply chains.
Japan-EU-OECD Seminar on supporting international collaboration on Responsible Business Conduct 13 June, 2019
The session (a side event at the Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum) raised awareness and fostered collaboration on RBC/CSR practices by businesses operating out of the EU and Japan.
Key questions discussed included:
- What are some of the most pressing supply chain risks your business or businesses in your region (or sector) are currently facing?
- What do you see as the shared supply chain risks across European and Japanese businesses, either within a specific sector or more broadly?
- How are businesses across the two regions currently collaborating to address some of these risks and implement internationally recognized standards on Responsible Business Conduct and supply chain due diligence?
- How can platforms for collaboration be built or enhanced across the two regions?
The OECD e-learning Academy on Responsible Business Conduct provides learners with a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge of responsible business conduct and OECD risk-based due diligence.
Self-paced, free online courses (currently avilable in English) include:
- The Essentials of OECD Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct
- OECD Due Diligence for Agriculture and Seafood Supply Chains
- OECD Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear Supply Chains
- OECD Due Diligence for Electronics and Vehicle Parts Supply Chains
Press release by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment: Launch of the introductory guide on environmental due diligence along the value chains published August 2020
This guide was developed by the Ministry of the Environment to support companies in the implementation of environmental due diligence, with input from the OECD. The guide refers to the OECD Guidelines for MNEs and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct.
Senken Shimbun, "Increasing expectations on Responsible Business Conduct in the garment and footwear sector" July 2020
This article highlights the outcome of the Roundtable on Advancing international collaboration on RBC for sustainable supply chains in Asia held in Tokyo in November 2019 by the OECD and the ILO, under the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme. It presents the OECD tools on RBC and due diligence as relevant to the garment and footwear sector in particular. It also draws attention to the OECD policy note on COVID-19 and RBC as well as the Global Forum on RBC partner side session on Building environmental resilience and responding to global crises through supply chain due diligence, which was held in June 2020, where the Japanese Ministry of the Environment participated as a speaker (Watch recordings in ENG and JPN).
Nikkei ESG magazine, “Integrating human rights in corporate management” November 2019
This article celebrates the launch of the Japanese translation of the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct.
International Development Journal, “Opinion: Promoting responsible business conduct in Asia” February 2019
Mr Junpei Sunahara, Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD, published an article in the Journal of International Development regarding Responsible Business Conduct and OECD’s outreach activities in Asia. The article explains the growing interest in RBC both in Japan and China and highlights the role of the OECD RBC Unit in raising awareness on RBC issues. The article emphasizes the importance of Japanese leadership in disseminating best practices to other Asian countries and facilitating the implementation of RBC in the region through international co-operation.
Nihon Keizai Shimbun, “Japanese manufacturing sector putting a focus on human rights and theenvironment” May 2019
This article highlights the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and how Japanese companies are responding to changing expectations in supply chain management.
Documents & Links
- OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Guidance ENG | JPN
Flyer ENG | JPN
- OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector
Guidance ENG | JPN
Flyer ENG | JPN
- Building More Resilient and Sustainable Global Value Chains through Responsible Business Conduct ENG | JPN
- How the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals ENG | JPN
- The Essentials: Characteristics of Due Diligence ENG
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Did you Know?
Among the six RSCA programme conutries, Japan has the highest level of forward linkages in GVCs, with a share of domestic value-added in foreign exports as a share of gross exports of 26% (2018, TiVA 2021)
This project is implemented in partnership with the European Union and the ILO