The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is currently developing a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. These guidelines are aimed to support companies in one of the largest consumer goods industries in identifying, preventing and mitigating existing and potential adverse impacts in their supply chains.
In this framework, BSCI provided feedback on behalf of FTA on the draft guidance during the one-month pubic consultation. Following an internal assessment of the draft guidelines, BSCI greatly welcomes the development of such guidance and has identified a considerable alignment with BSCI Code of Conduct and BSCI 2.0 system, which have fully embedded the need for companies to exercise Human Right Due Diligence.
In order to make the guidance more robust, BSCI put forward the following recommendations:
- More focus on other vulnerable groups besides women e.g. migrant workers and young workers
- Guidance on distinguishing prison workers from forced labour and specific mentioning to Sumangali scheme as a form of bonded labour
- Guidance on how to react in case of imminent risks being identified e.g. BSCI Zero Tolerance Protocol
- Guidance to better work towards long-term supplier relationships under purchasing practices
- More focus on the prevention and mitigation steps e.g. strong stakeholders’ engagement
- More guidance on the use of grievance mechanisms including reference to the OECD National Contact Point