IAF and OECD discuss the implementation of due diligence in the apparel industry
IAF, the International Apparel Federation is exploring working with OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, on the practical implementation of due diligence principles for the apparel industry, leading to a conference on the subject in coming September
On March 31, 2014, the IAF was invited to be present at a Ministerial meeting of the Dutch Trade and Development Minister, Lilianne Ploumen, with her French counterpart, Minister Nicole Bricq. The meeting was held in Paris (F) and produced a common statement by the two Ministers, calling for an international partnership for corporate responsibility. Also present at the meeting was OECD’s Secretary General, Angel Gurria. The OECD’s Guidelines for responsible business are central to the international approach envisioned by the Dutch and French Ministers.
The IAF’s Global Responsibility action plan calls for IAF’s active support in creating a harmonised global framework for dealing with labour conditions and sustainability in the apparel industry. Potentially, this framework could adhere to the “due diligence principle”, centrally featuring in the UN United Nation’s Ruggie Guiding Principles and the OECD guidelines. Due diligence helps companies to delimit the extent of actions that may be reasonably be expected from them.