Leveraging the added value of international initiatives

The OECD is currently conducting the so-called Alignment Assessments in order to implement the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. By doing so the OECD is reviewing the extent to which approaches used by existing sector initiatives to promote sustainability in the textile sector apply the due diligence guidance recommendations. The overarching goal is to help to bring about a common understanding of due diligence within the sector and to facilitate mutual recognition of existing initiatives. These efforts should help as many companies as possible in the sector to fulfil their due diligence obligations along the supply chain.

The results and recommendations of the OECD Alignment Assessment will influence the further development of the Review Process. They will also represent an important foundation for further harmonisation with other European and international initiatives. The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC, Higg Brand and Retail Module) are currently taking centre stage. They are also undergoing or have recently completed the OECD Alignment Assessment.

After completing the document analysis, the OECD started conducting telephone interviews with selected Partnership members from all stakeholder groups at the end of February. The OECD will present the results of its Alignment Assessment at the next Steering Committee meeting on 8 May.

You can address any questions regarding this topic to Andreas Edele.