8th OECD Forum on Due Diligence
in the Garment and Footwear Secto


The 8th OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector which will take place between February 21-25, 2022. A meeting of government representatives, businesses, trade unions, and civil society organizations, the 2022 Forum’s theme is Rethinking The Business Model For Responsible Supply Chains.

Among the Forum’s scheduled events, Transparentem will present a side session on audit deception—findings and recommendations for improvement included in our recent report on evidence of audit deception at investigated factories in South and Southeast Asia. lease reigster to attend via the link provided below.

Virtual Side Session:
Audit Deception in Apparel Supply Chains and the Urgent Case for Reform

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022
10amEST / 4pmCET

Register to attend this virtual side session here.

Transparentem’s investigations of human rights abuses in apparel supply chains have uncovered evidence of strategies used by employers and recruiters to conceal possible labor rights violations. Our recent report, Hidden Harm, documented evidence of efforts to deceive social auditors about labor abuses at numerous garment factories that Transparentem investigated in Malaysia, Myanmar, and India. Interviewed workers’ accounts reveal that nearly any type of labor abuse can be hidden from auditors, including passport retention, wage and hour violations, and hazardous working conditions. Transparentem’s investigations found evidence that audit deception to conceal illegal adolescent labor and prohibited recruitment fees was particularly common. This session will provide an overview of Transparentem’s findings and recommendations for reforms.

This event will be hosted on BlueJeans, which can be accessed via a web browser.