17/02/2021 – Diligence in the garment and footwear sector — auf Deutsch lesen

The 2021 OECD Garment Forum

Labour, human rights, environmental, integrity. The forum discusses emerging risks and the implementation of due diligence in a global world.


Message by video from Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability H&M Group: Uniform legislation on corporate due diligence is important. © OECD_screenshot


60 years of OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established in 1961. © OECD_screenshot


Since its adoption in 2017, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector has become accepted as the landmark framework for due diligence in the sector, supported by 49 governments, aligned with OECD, UN and ILO instruments, and negotiated with business, trade unions and civil society. It provides ambitious but pragmatic guidance to businesses, establishing a common understanding of due diligence in the sector, to help avoid and address the real and potential negative impacts of their activities across global supply chains. The OECD Forum has set the precedent of pushing the needle by focusing on challenging processes and issues as well as acting as a convenor to help parties address challenges together and pushing for alignment across government jurisdictions and industry initiatives on expectations of business.

  • The 2021 OECD Garment Forum was be hosted by the OECD as a virtual forum from 3 to 4 February 2021, as part of a full week of events, and brought together over 600 representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to address emerging risks and to share learnings on implementing labour, human rights, environmental and integrity due diligence in the sector across geographies.
  • The topic of building a more resilient and sustainable sector post- and during the current Covid context was key thread running through the first main day of the Forum, including as the theme of the high-level opening panel.
  • The second day opened with a discussion on recent mandatory due diligence policy developments with consideration of their role in enhancing and enabling company due diligence practice in the Garment and Footwear sector, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid. 

Our author Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh was present at this year’s virtual OECD Forum. Read her report for textile network here!