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10 Nov 2021

Capacity-building training on Due Diligence for businesses in the Garment and Footwear sector in Latin America

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The 2021 OECD Business Survey on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) found that a majority of businesses face challenges in addressing human rights, social and environmental risks in global supply chains. The need to improve understanding of and operationalisation of due diligence in supply chains is particularly acute for business operating in the garment and footwear sector.

To address this need, the OECD is launching a capacity-building programme to support businesses in LAC to carry out OECD risk-based due diligence. The training programme will enable participants to exchange experience, good practices, tools and lessons learned, and to implement OECD tools, mainly the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. This programme, which is part of the Project “Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in Latin America and the Caribbean”, will launch in November 2021 with an approximate duration of five months.

The programme is open to businesses in the Garment and Footwear Sector in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru (as well as participants from other LAC countries in case of availability, notably from Guatemala, Honduras and Uruguay). Businesses may be operating at different stages along the supply chain (from production to retail) and include small, medium-sized, large and also state-owned enterprises. Representatives from the garment and footwear industry associations and European business companies with operations in the target countries are also welcome to participate. This programme is fully funded by the EU and there is no participation fee. To participate, interested businesses should indicate their interest and commitment to: 1. Actively participate in all training activities related to the programme (a total of 13 hours of dedication are estimated, see below timeline and structure) 2. Put into practice due diligence-related process (e.g. by publishing a due diligence report in 2022/2023, taking steps to embed risk-based OECD due diligence into company policy) 3. Respond to a short anonymous survey before and after the programme.

Contact for more information: [email protected]

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