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Webinar Human Rights Due Diligence beyond the first tier

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Wednesday 17 November 2021
3.00 – 4.30pm CET / 9.00 – 10.30am EST

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Webinar Corporate responsibility for human rights issues in the upper tiers of the global textile supply chain

This webinar builds on earlier researches conducted by SOMO & Arisa and by Transparentem(opens in new window) which highlighted the risks and existence of forced labour in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu (South India). These researches linked European and US textile and clothing brands and retailers to a number of spinning mills in Tamil Nadu.

The picture that arose from the research is that human rights risks and actual violations are widespread and persistent in the further tiers of the global textile and garment supply chains. While companies at the buying end of the supply chain have demonstrated some success at extending remedy to workers beyond the first tier, there remain many opportunities for improvement in identifying, preventing, mitigating and/or remediating human rights issues in upstream supply chains.

For this webinar, we have invited a number of experts to elaborate on the interpretation of current international HRDD norms and principles with regard to manufacturers in the upper tiers of the global textile supply chain, such as spinning facilities. They will also share their experiences with the real-life implementation of these norms and guidelines in existing buyer-supplier relations.

The objective of the webinar is to bring together a group of experts with various backgrounds and outlooks, and share and learn from each other’s perspectives. The overall aim is to contribute to respect for the human rights of workers and their communities that toil in spinning mills, ginning facilities, vertically integrated garment factories


  1. Mr. Surya Deva -Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  2. Ms. Dorothy Lovell – Policy Analyst in the Responsible Business Conduct Team at the OECD, leading the OECD’s work on Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector
  3. Company speaker (to be confirmed)

About the organisers

Arisa(opens in new window) supports and strengthens the defence of human rights in South Asia from the Netherlands, together with local organizations.


Mondiaal FNV(opens in new window) is part of the FNV trade union confederation. Mondiaal FNV supports projects in over 100 countries. Mondiaal FNV also advocates and campaigns in the Netherlands to support workers and unions in developing countries, so that their voices can be heard.


SOMO investigates multinationals. Independent, factual, critical and with a clear goal: a fair and sustainable world, in which public interests outweigh corporate interests. SOMO cooperates with hundreds of organisations around the world.

Transparentem(opens in new window) works to fundamentally transform industry practices through collective action and collaboration, and to bring real, tangible justice to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Through in-depth investigations and strategic engagement with companies, we strive to use corporate leverage to drive change across entire industries.

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