METI proposes collaboration with ILO in policy recommendations on the textile industry in Japan

News | 14 July 2021

On 12 July, the study group on sustainability of the textile industry organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released a report, noting that decent work can be promoted by encouraging the textile industry to conduct human rights due diligence and promote responsible supply chain management.

In order to achieve this, it was suggested that the textile industry in Japan collaborate with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international organizations that deal with a wide range of labour issues, and encourage the development of guidelines to help enterprises engage in due diligence more effectively.

The ILO recognizes that implementing human rights due diligence and stakeholder engagement in a mutually complementary manner, as indicated in Japan's National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights and the ILO's Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), is important and essential for promoting decent work throughout the supply chain.

The ILO Office for Japan has already provided technical assistance to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) in formulating "Responsible Business Conducts Guidelines - Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in the Supply Chain", and will continue to do so after thoroughly confirming the intentions of any industry, not limited to the textile industry, that requests assistance.

Reference:
”New Body ‘Study Group on Sustainability of Textile Industry’ to be Inaugurated”, Lifestyle Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry, 24 February, 2021. https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2021/0224_001.html

”Responsible Business Conducts Guidelines - Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in the Supply Chain”, JEITA, March 2020. https://www.jeita.or.jp/cgi-bin/public/detail.cgi?id=788&cateid=1