In late January, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) brought together private and public actors to review the progress on the implementation of the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.
amfori participated in the panel discussion concerning 'Sourcing Models, SMEs and the implications on due diligence' to share with the audience how the organisation saw the need for tailored assessment tools in light of the operating context of small and medium producers.
Veronica Rubio, amfori Senior Manager - Strategic Programmes, highlighted the importance of helping SMEs to take ownership of their own due diligence. She presented the learnings and the challenges of developing tailored monitoring tools for SMEs such as our small producer assessment tool (SPA), a full audit methodology protocol designed to help our members conduct their due diligence on smaller business partners.
“Maybe we cannot expect micro and small companies to have a very sophisticated management system, but we can support them in driving their own due diligence process if we use our practical wisdom to assess the SMEs business peculiarities.”, Veronica Rubio mentioned.
amfori members are encouraged to participate in a recently launched survey on the sourcing practices of SMEs operating in the garment and footwear sector in OECD countries in order to identify pragmatic approaches tailored to implement due diligence.