OECD Points Out Key Pressing Trends for the Garment and Footwear Sector



On 11 - 13 February 2020, the OECD hosted its annual Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector, which focused on the theme ‘Due Diligence in a Shifting Context’.

During his opening remarks, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría pointed out three pressing trends for the sector with respect to due diligence:

  1. Economic uncertainty, due to protectionist trade measures
  2. Climate crisis and the fashion industry’s growing contribution, which is projected to deplete a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050 if it continues growing at current rates
  3. Digitalisation of supply chains and the rapid growth of online fashion sales

He further outlined the key priorities for the OECD going forward: responsible purchasing practices, circular business models, mandatory due diligence, social dialogue and the alignment of industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives against the OECD due diligence guidance.

amfori was represented at this year’s forum as a panel speaker and organiser in multiple sessions:

Sustainable chemical management

amfori hosted the session ‘Collaboration - The Key Driver for Sustainable Chemical Management in Global Supply Chains’ exploring how global collaboration drives local implementation of sustainable chemical management practices and supports textile and footwear supply chain actors in their daily due diligence.

The discussion highlighted the importance of local capacity building measures for enhancing overall chemical management, including in the context of a facility’s chemical management system.

The session provided insights into the implementation of voluntary industry standards, such as the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). It also explored the role of global organisations such as ZDHC, GIZ, and amfori in scaling the implementation of industry-wide aligned tools and standards to establish sustainable chemical management practices locally. An insight into what local implementation of such tools means for businesses was provided by amfori member Aldi South International.

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Supply Chain Transparency

In addition, amfori spoke at the International Trade Centre (ITC) session on ‘Decent work, transparency & traceability in the garment sector’. During the session we emphasised our commitment to transparency and presented our roadmap on the topic.