Due diligence in the garment sector – public procurement as the missing multiplier for decent work?
Tid 19 Februari 2024 12:45 – 14:15
Join Swedwatch´s webinar on Due diligence in the garment sector – public procurement as the missing multiplier for decent work?
On Monday, February 19, 2024, Swedwatch is hosting a side session as part of the OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector 2024, Paris and online.
Public procurement has sometimes been described as ‘the missing multiplier’ for sustainable development. In OECD countries, public procurement represents around 12% of the total GDP, showing its significant purchasing power. While garments are important products for public authorities to procure to deliver quality services to their communities, reports of adverse human rights impacts in garment supply chains remain widespread. For example, wages earned in many garment-exporting countries persistently fall below a living wage, resulting in an ongoing struggle for the workers to make ends meet for their families.
This webinar will explore the role of public contracting authorities in closing the living wage gap and improving working conditions in global garment supply chains. By building on the experience of academics, public contracting authorities in Sweden and factory owners and workers in Bangladesh, the panel will discuss how public buyers can integrate and effectively monitor human rights due diligence requirements in their procurement practices and how governments can unlock the full potential of public procurers as actors for positive change.
Moderator of the session: Lena Diesing, Policy Analyst, OECD
- Laura Trevino-Lozano, Researcher, University of Greenwich
- Nazma Akter, Executive Director Awaj Foundation & President of the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation
- Nikolaj Villumsen, Member of the left group in the European Parliament - GUE/NGL
- Pauline Göthberg, National Co-ordinator, Swedish Regions National Secretariat for Sustainable Public Procurement
- Rubana Huq, Chairperson of Mohammadi Group & the immediate past President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Register and read more about the event here: