A Responsibility Revolution in the Fashion Industry: How OECD’s new Due Diligence Instrument can transform the global garment industry

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 with a loss of over 1,130 lives was a jarring reminder that though much has been accomplished to improve working conditions in global supply chains, more is needed. Following the tragedy, stakeholders worldwide, […]

Human rights due diligence of pharmaceutical companies: An important first

Damiano de Felice, Deputy Director Strategy, Access to Medicine Foundation (@damidefelice) On Thursday 9 June, I will moderate the first ever session on pharmaceutical companies to be held at either the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights or the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct. For starters, these conferences represent the two most […]

Rethinking due diligence practices in the apparel supply chain

In the run-up to the Third Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct in June, today’s post is by Jennifer Schappert of the OECD’s Responsible Business Conduct Unit (@J_Schappert). Two years ago today, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring another 2,500. The dead and injured were garment […]

Germany’s successful G20 presidency

Noe van Hulst, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the OECD, Chair of the IEA Governing Board How should we assess the German presidency of the G20? Despite a complicated political situation, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s team worked with their characteristic determination or Ausdauer to achieve concrete actions and advance their three aims of building resilience, improving […]

Smartphones are child’s play, but what about the child labour?

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct Digital technology depends on energy, and that energy depends on minerals. Take cobalt, for instance. Use of this ferromagnetic metal can be traced back to Ancient Egypt when it was used to taint ceramics. Today cobalt is an integral part of rechargeable lithium-ion […]

Championing workers’ rights at a Nissan plant in Mississippi: Will international labour standards stand the test?

John Tarver, communications expert and founder of Atriptyc Communications, www.atriptyc.com. John can be contacted at [email protected] Morris Mock used to be a small-town guy with a simple life. He is the son of a preacher and lives in Pearl, Mississippi where he enjoys eating out and going to church with his wife and daughter. A […]