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ILO, OECD to discuss textile and apparel industry

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will come together in Paris on September 29 and 30 to discuss supply chain management, child labor issues and social compliance in the textile industry. Positioned as a forum for dialogue between representatives of governments, the private sector, trade unions and civil society organizations on building responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector, the event is an endeavor to voice future expectations of attendees and businesses.

On the first day, attendees will discuss possible future approaches and initiatives for working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, challenges in supply chain management in the industry, and the use of government standards. The following day will see discussions on management systems, policy adoption, risk assessment, fair pricing and child labor issues.

The ILO was founded in 1919. It aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. It gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labor standards and in shaping policies and programs. The OECD was founded in 1961. Its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.