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Untapping the potential of blockchain for responsible and inclusive business models in the garment and footwear sector

22 February 2022 14:00 - 15:15
Virtual meeting Paris France
OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

As part of the 2022 OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector, UNECE is organizing a side event on the 22/02 of February from 14:00 to 15:15 CET.

This session will demonstrate how advanced technologies, like blockchain, can enable risk-based due diligence and responsible business models in this industry. It will showcase end-to-end traceability in support of reliable product claims, from origin, to living wages, to climate risk mitigation and adaptation.  Together, experts will focus on opportunities to scale-up impactful solutions, while ensuring market access for small-holders and SMEs in developing economies.

This side session is organized in connection with the ITC-UNECE joint initiative for Enhancing Transparency and Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear, implemented support of the European Union.

The programme at a glance:


  • UNECE, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, Elisabeth Tuerk, Director

Indicative Panel

  • Uzbekistan, UzTextileProm Agency, Chairman
  • Hugo Boss, Head of Sustainability & Logistics, Ticino SA
  • Vivienne Westwood, Country Manager Italy
  • WEBA Weberei Appenzell AG, Chairman
  • South-South Cooperation, +Cotton Project, FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Haelixa, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Office 

Concluding remarks

  • European Commission, Directorate-General for International Partnerships 


Useful links

OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector