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SAVE THE DATE - STITCH Side session of the OECD forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear 

Meaningful stakeholder engagement, a key element of  OECD-aligned human rights due diligence

Meaningful stakeholder engagement is a key element of OECD-aligned human rights due diligence, which is even more imminent considering the upcoming EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). However, many questions arise for garment brands: which stakeholders to include at what level and step of the due diligence cycle? What makes engagement meaningful? And wat type of engagement is suited at what moment? 

About the online session

In this session, the STITCH partnership, together with industry representatives, will stimulate a knowledge exchange to accelerate industry alignment on what meaningful stakeholder engagement entails. 

To this end, representatives from civil society, trade unions, business and multi-stakeholder initiatives will share their initial observations on meaningful stakeholder engagement, based on practical examples and experiences. 

The audience will be invited to complement the presentation with their own ideas, experiences and examples. 

Over the last years, STITCH has advanced the stimulation of meaningful stakeholder engagement, for example through apps and surveys to include workers' voices in workplace monitoring and setting up social- and sourcing dialogue structures between different industry stakeholders.

During this session CNV Internationaal's Margot Offerijns will present a general outline on stakeholders, rightsholders and the role of trade unions, their trainings and what has come out of that.

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Participants to the 10th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear 

Sector are especially invited to join this online session:

  • monday 19 February 2024
  • 11:15 - 12.45 CET.

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STITCH -  Sustainable Textile Initiative: Together for Change’ (STITCH) consortium for Garment Supply Chain Transformation. - is a partnership between six NGO’s, trade unions and multistakeholder initiatives: CDI, CNV Internationaal, Cividep, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Fair Wear Foundation and Mondiaal FNV, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

These organisations represent and connect different actors across the supply chain.

 STITCH combines knowledge based on the experiences of collaborating with key supply chain actors from the garment- and textile sector. 

Next steps

Following the OECD side session, STITCH will continue developing a framework for meaningful stakeholder engagement based on the experiences and knowledge shared throughout the session and with audience members who flag interest in getting involved.

About the OECD Forum

This session is a side event to the 10th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector. It will take place on 21-22 February 2024 at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, and online.

The Forum brings together representatives of government, business, trade unions and civil society to review progress on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector to address emerging risks, and to share learnings on implementing due diligence across geographies in a neutral environment. 

Publication date 22 01 2024

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