In the autumn of 2021, Sourcing House's Silke Sønderstrup-Granquist and Signe Mørk Sørensen from Impact CSR were responsible for leading and developing the pilot project Future Textile Requirements - OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) under the Lifestyle &; Design Cluster.
The project aimed to make due diligence easy to put into practice for Danish textile and fashion companies.
The initial focus was to break down the barrier that can exist for many companies in understanding the OECD guidelines and the concepts used.
The project started by translating what due diligence means in practice – both at management level and in day-to-day work.
The pilot project organised a skilling exercise for SMEs and developed new methods and tools aimed at making due diligence easier to access and anchor in practice.
And it was precisely this practice-oriented approach that excited the participants:
Based on the positive reception and feedback from the participants, the tools have been further developed and published with the associated 'Guide to responsible business conduct' in collaboration with Lifestyle & Design Cluster.
The guide and the two associated tools Gap Analysis and Risk Analysis can be accessed here:
The tools were not originally intended for use without the support of an advisor familiar with OECD guidelines, but by making the materials freely available, we hope to motivate even more companies to get started with due diligence.