OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Due diligence and the right to safe and healthy work. Are we serious?

The ILO Sectoral Policies Department, Better Work Programme and the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) are organizing a side session during the “2023 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector”.

In June 2022, the International Labour Conference adopted a resolution to add the principle of a safe and healthy working environment to the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The implication of this decision is that safe and healthy work is now a universal right, applying to people in all States - regardless of the level of economic development - and including groups with specific needs, such as unemployed and migrant workers. This session will explore how far due diligence approaches are equipped to address safe and healthy work in supply chains, drawing on new analysis from the ILO on “what works, for whom, and in which contexts” to improve safety and health outcomes in global supply chains. Using case studies, participants will learn how businesses are collaborating to support new initiatives to promote safe work, prevent accidents and illness and provide access to remedy. Special attention will be given to strategies to extend employment injury insurance protection for workers and employers. Finally, the session will introduce new ILO tools to assist in due diligence efforts to promote safety and health in garment and footwear.

The session will take place on 13 February 2023 from 16:00-17:00 (CET), kindly click here to register.

Guest speakers

Katharine Stewart, Associated British Foods plc
Christina Hajagos-Clausen, IndustriALL Global Union
Manal Azzi, International Labour Organization


Dan Rees, Head of Better Work Programme