Italy – garment

1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

2. NATIONAL PRIORITIES

Business impact on human rights may touch multiple subjects (such as workers, migrants and children) in several ways (discrimination, exploitation, pollution, etc.) and within different contexts of economic activities (agriculture, textile, finance, oil and gas and so on). The impact of business on human rights has indeed the potential to be much widespread and involves almost every aspect of society. – page 6

GP (3c,d) : Provide effective guidance to business on how to respect human rights throughout their operations”;
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ncourage or require business enterprises to communicate how they address human rights impact”;

Sustainable supply chain is indeed one of the main focus of the NCP action. In 2013, following the Rana Plaza collapse, the “Action Plan for Bangladesh” was launched with the involvement of Italian enterprises in the sector operating in Bangladesh. In this process, the NCP issued 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”. – page 17

Besides the “Guida per l’integrazione degli aspetti sociali negli appalti pubblici” (adopted with Ministerial Decree of 6 June 2012) which gives indications to include social criteria in the contractual activities of public administrations by referring to minimum human rights standard and working conditions (ILO Conventions) in the supply chain of public procurement, specific indications on human rights due diligence have been integrated within the Minimum Environmental Criteria such as those defined with regard to textile products and adopted with Ministerial Decree of 11 January 2017. – page 22