This report presents a summary of the discussions held and insights drawn from a dedicated group of public buyers, who, in 2021, worked with the OECD Secretariat as part of a pilot to consider the application of the OECD due diligence framework and specifically the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, to the public procurement of uniforms and other public purchases in the garment, footwear, and textile categories.
The pilot report seeks to add to the growing body of research on this nexus between public procurement and responsible business conduct in practice and builds on the OECD report “Integrating Responsible Business Conduct in Public Procurement” (OECD, 2020[1]) by providing a real-world experience of the challenges of as well as the solutions to integrating RBC considerations in public procurement in practice.
The report is organized according to the key stages of the public procurement cycle: preparing for a tender, awarding a tender, and contract management. This remains faithful to the organization of the pilot itself, which followed this cycle structure. The report reflects how the pilot explored the integration of the key steps of the OECD due diligence framework at each stage of the public procurement cycle, inter alia: embed policy and management systems; identify actual and potential harms in own operations and the global supply chain; cease, prevent and mitigate harms; track progress; communicate publicly; and, provide for or co-operate in remediation when appropriate. A key achievement of the report is that it provides a first mapping of how OECD risk-based due diligence can be integrated into public procurement operations, in this instance as applied to the public procurement of uniforms.

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