Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Garment Week Agenda

Sessions with titles in blue in the agenda are led by partner organisations and may not reflect the views of the OECD. 
SIDE SESSIONS are fully organised by partners and might not reflect the views of the OECD 

Day 1 :

February 1, 2021
Manufacturers Network meeting - by invitation only
This Manufacturers Network meeting is open to manufacturers associations. This network was set up in 2019 to provide a safe discussion space for manufacturers to share experiences, build a common understanding of due diligence topics, and bring a shared voice to the broader discussions at the OECD forum.
SIDE SESSION - Decent work and transparency in the garment sector: Emerging stronger from the COVID-19 crisis
by ITC-UNECE Review of progress made under European Union DEVCO programme on Transparency and Traceability implemented by the United Nations ITC & UNECE and partners. Tools, methodologies, practical lessons learned from 2020 to emerge stronger from COVID-19 crisis and enhance decent work in the garment sector.

Day 2 :

February 2, 2021
SIDE SESSION - Together for Decent Leather – from precarious jobs to decent work
by Together for Decent Leather Consortium Together for Decent Leather is a 3-year programme run by an Asian-European NGO consortium aiming to bring about improvements in working conditions of vulnerable workers in the supply chain of leather-based garments.  This session will  explore the causes and consequences of precarious and insecure work and the particular challenges faced by vulnerable groups of workers in this particular sub-sector of the garment industry, and to discuss ways forward.
Roundtable for policy makers on responsible garment & footwear supply chains - by invitation only
This Roundtable is open to policy-makers and inter-governmental organisations.
SIDE SESSION - Is the shift to plant-based materials in textile a sustainable solution for forests?
by amfori More textile companies now consider switching from plastics and animal-based products to plant-based products. As a result, over 150 million trees are logged annually to make cellulose for clothing. To avoid that this shift drives more deforestation, how can due diligence processes make sure that plant-based materials are sustainably sourced?

Day 3 :

February 3, 2021
Partner-led session - Bridging the divide: How knowledge sharing and digital exchange can drive a sustainable recovery in the Asian garment sector
Partners: GIZ and ILO The pandemic has exposed longstanding weaknesses in the garment sector and shown us that if the recovery is going to be both fair and sustainable, new partnerships and forms of collaboration will be required. Solutions to complex challenges don’t always need new knowledge but rather a renewed vision for sharing experiences, models and good practices. This session will discuss examples and opportunities for improved knowledge sharing emerging from the pandemic in Asia.
No Side Sessions
Forum opening – key note speeches
Opening plenary – Lessons from COVID-19: dialogue and accountability
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of garment sector value chains with devastating impacts on workers. This opening session will explore the role of social dialogue in jointly prioritising the most significant impacts, and establishing necessary information flows, transparency and accountability. A panel will discuss lessons from this crisis for establishing a new level playing field for due diligence in the sector.