On June 23, 2014, in Paris, on the occasion of the NCPs' annual meeting and of the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (OECD, 23-27 June 2014), the Italian NCP presented the "Report on responsible business conduct in the textile and garment supply chain. Recommendations of the Italian NCP on implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises".
The report is one of the espected outcomes of the "Action Plan on Bangladesh" adopted by the Italian NCP on September 29, 2013, by agreement within the Committee NCP, with the aim of encouraging companies in the textile and clothing sector to undertake and continue increase the paths of due diligence in the supply chain and multi-stakeholder involvement, as well as to be an active part of the international agreements on the subject.
The collapse of the Rhana-Plaza, building in Bangladesh (4 April 2013), and of the numerous production units of the textile and clothing sector hosted into it, that killed 1,138 workers, mostly women, and injured about 2,000 people, has provoked the strong reaction of the international community and the deployment of a number of initiatives at various levels, from multinational companies, NGOs and civil society, trade unions, governments and international organizations such as the ILO and the OECD.
For one year later, the Italian NCP presented at the OECD the first important result of the efforts it carried out together with trade associations, trade unions, NGOs and other stakeholders. The report is, in fact, not just a report on the work done to date, but also one of the main outcomes of it.
The report contains 24 recommendations addressing companies, both operating in Bangladesh, and more generally in the global textiles and clothing, supply chain, to help improve the responsible management of the supply chain in accordance with the Guidelines.
In addition to stating the recommendations, which are the core of the Report, also the most critical aspects of the global supply chain, in terms of respect for human rights, are pressnted, as they have detected with the help of businesses and stakeholders.
In the context of the OECD and of its works on responsible management of the supply chain in the textile and clothing sector the Report of the Italian NCP is noted as one of the main orientation and benchamrking tools for the sector.