United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum, Asia-Pacific
Side Session | 8 June
Supporting Companies in the Implementation of Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence: Showcasing responsible business hubs in Asian pilot countries
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (Eurocham)
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)
The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA)
In line with objectives of new German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains, which became effective on January 1st 2023, and the upcoming European legislation on due diligence, the GIZ project “Initiative Global Solidarity” (IGS) promotes the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) in global apparel supply chains, especially in Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh. GIZ works strongly with local stakeholders to establish supplier support structures and capacities through “Responsible Business Hubs” (RBH). Responsible Business Hubs are local helpdesks that are informing, raising awareness, and advising manufacturers and brands on standards and requirements of HREDD and network them with services in the countries. The RBHs are hosted by strong local partners, namely EuroCham in Cambodia, BGMEA in Bangladesh and VCCI in Vietnam.
About the session
The session highlights the impacts of HREDD on manufacturers in Cambodia and Bangladesh and how support structures in the production countries such as Responsible Business Hubs (RBHs) are assisting the actors of the global supply Chains. The session will share country experiences from Asia.
The key objectives of this session are to:
- Raise awareness about the new German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains and the upcoming European legislation on sustainability due diligence.
Understand HREDD. Emphasizing the significance of integrating human rights and environmental due diligence into the operations of global apparel supply chains.
Share experiences and lessons learned from implementing HREDD Cambodia, and Bangladesh. This objective seeks to facilitate knowledge exchange by sharing country experiences.
Highlight the role of Responsible Business Hubs (RBHs). Showcase the services, tools, dialogue formats, and capacity-building measures provided by RBHs to address the requirements of HREDD.
Panelists will reflect on the following questions:
RBH and its importance: the host organizations will share their motivation, commitment, and importance of RBHs in the sectors for Cambodia and Bangladesh.
Impacts of HREDD legislation: the speakers will elaborate what impacts HREDD legislation will have on the textile and garment manufacturers and the sector, how HREDD is approached and where are the biggest gaps in terms of fulfilling HREDD requirements in these countries.
Risk identification and mitigation: insights will be shared about the predominant social and environmental due diligence risks manufacturers face and what help is needed to mitigate those in the respective countries.
RBH services and tools: in order to address the biggest HREDD challenges in these countries, the RBHs collaborate with and provide tools to develop and capacitate suppliers, external service providers as well as sector initiatives. They will present tools, dialogue formats and capacity building measures to address the requirements of HREDD.