Good examples offer inspiration to signatories at participants’ day

Various good examples of cooperation on themes such as gender and living wages by companies provided much inspiration during the participants’ day on July 2nd. Over a hundred people from participating parties and companies in the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile were present to learn from each other and to strengthen the collaboration.

Agreement in practice

Participating companies and parties were able to learn from each other's practice in doing due diligence during the participants day. For example, two companies that produce at the same factory location in Pakistan explained how they are now working together on living wages. Another company explained how they trained factory workers in Southern India on gender equality and (sexual) harassment. One of the objectives of these training is to empower women and to increase their chances on promotion. 

Various parties also provided examples. For example, industry organisation Modint and UNICEF explained the use of a due diligence tool, a useful tool in gaining insight into risks in the production chain that participating companies can freely use. Human rights organisation Arisa has mapped out risks in the Tamil Nadu region of India, which helps companies in doing their due diligence in India.

The secretariat also provided a short update of news within the agreement, such as the new collaboration with Open Apparel Registry, where all production locations of participating companies can now be found. A short update was also given of the mid-term evaluation that will be released after the summer.

Communication about due diligence is an important step in transparency

A large number of participating companies are now communicating openly about the risks they see in their production chain and how they approach them. Clear communication about this is an important step in transparency. During the meeting, the participants exchanged views with each other about how they communicate and how they can speak to the press and consumers (and -organisations) about this.