The OECD recently released new due diligence guidance for supply chains in the garment and footwear sector. The guide can be found here. The guide is the result of a multi-stakeholder process and aims to help companies identify and prevent potential negative impacts related to human rights, labor, the environment and corruption in garment and footwear supply chains worldwide. The guide is in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – the broader code of conduct for business – are the oldest and most comprehensive set of recommendations for business, covering all areas of business ethics, human rights, labour rights, corruption, and environment degradation, among others. The guidelines were originally adopted in 1976 and have been updated on several occasions since then to ensure their continued relevance. The OECD has also developed tailored guidance to help enterprises build responsible supply chains in other sectors, specifically: extractives, minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, agriculture, and finance.