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Due diligence in the garment industry: Challenges and opportunities in protecting child rights

Video – CORE Webinar: Due Diligence in Garment Industry | Transcript

Webinar report

On February 21, 2022, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise hosted a virtual side event during the 8th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector (.pdf). This event was informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (.pdf) and OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. Given increasing demands on garment companies and the fashion industry as a whole for greater transparency and accountability, and greater movement towards human rights due diligence (HRDD) legislation, the webinar focused on garment companies and suppliers and how they can put in place strong due diligence requirements to identify and prevent the use of child labour. The discussion also examined how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected garment supply chains and HRDD activities on the ground. Hosted by Sheri Meyerhoffer, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, the webinar featured the following four panelists:

The following is a summary of the key points discussed during the webinar.

Child labour risks and trends facing the garment sector in 2022

Garment company efforts to prevent and address child labour

Holistic approach to tackling child labour

Best practice for engaging children that work

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