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UN/CEFACT Conference on Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains: Textile Sector

24 April 2018

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

As the second most polluting industry, the textile sector is responsible for a large portion of the world’s CO2 emissions and industrial waste, not to mention the exploitation of “indecent” working conditions. At the same time, the industry has a complex value chain, with production facilities located all over the world, which makes it very hard to gain accurate information about sources and relevant environmental, health, and social risks and impacts. 
In order to increase the industry’s ability to manage its value chain more sustainably, both consumers and businesses must first be aware of the nature and magnitude of the issues. Improving transparency and traceability has therefore become a priority. 

UNECE and UN/CEFACT, together with experts from governments, private sector, academia, international governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has looked into such risks and impacts, has produced a study and based on its findings has developed a project for an international framework initiative on transparency and traceability for sustainability patterns in the clothing and footwear sector, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG12) on responsible production and consumption, of the 2030 Agenda.

The aim of the conference is to brainstorm on how deep in the supply chain visibility is necessary for responsible sourcing, along with current trends, solutions, and remaining challenges for supply chain traceability. The conference will also discuss the progress of the ongoing UNECE UN/CEFACT project on a framework initiative, which aims at developing principles and policy recommendations, standards and implementation guidelines for traceability of sustainable textile value chains, in support of SDG 12.

Target Audience
Experts on trade facilitation, international supply chain management, traceability and sustainability in the clothing and footwear sector from governments, the private sector, academia and international organizations..

The conference is being organized by: the UNECE Trade Facilitation Section secretariat, in coordination with the UN/CEFACT Agriculture Domain.

To attend the conference, participants need to be register for the UN/CEFACT Forum. You are kindly invited to register online