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

24 April 2018

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

On 24 April, it is going to be five years since the Rana Plaza’s tragic collapse of a garment factory, where 1,100 lives were lost and many more injured. Significant progress has been made, but more remains to be done on safety risks, while inspection and compliance need to be enhanced to better safeguard the working conditions of more than 60 millions workers in the industry, of which 75% are women.

At the same time, this is one of the most polluting industries, responsible for more than 1,7 mln tons of CO2 emissions per year, and 90 mln tons of waste per year, of which 20% only are recycled. Not to mention the health impacts, as about 8% of dermatological diseases are reported to be caused by the chemicals in the clothing and footwear we wear. With current trajectories of production and consumption, these pressures will intensify by 2030.

Global and complex value chains, with production facilities scattered all over the world, make it very hard to gain accurate information about how and where such impacts occur. 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 these risks. Improving transparency and traceability of value chains has therefore become a priority.

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