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Implementing due diligence in garment and footwear supply chains
Implementing due diligence in garment and footwear supply chains
February 2017

The garment and footwear sector is one of the largest consumer goods sectors in the world. Although it represents an important economic driving force, the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 brought global attention to the risks of severe adverse impacts both in manufacturing but also further upstream. Adopted in 2017, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector establishes a common understanding of due diligence in the sector to help companies meet the due diligence expectations laid out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Key information
The garment and footwear sector employs approximately 75 million people globally, many of whom are women
Companies in the sector have the potential to generate growth, employment and skill development
Human rights abuses, labour abuses and environmental degradation are a common thread throughout the sector’s supply chain