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The Japan Textile Federation (JTF) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation toward Promoting Responsible Business Conduct in the Textile and Apparel Industry

November 5, 2021

On November 5, the Japan Textile Federation (JTF) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation for promoting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) in the textile and apparel industry. The signing was witnessed by the Director of the Lifestyle Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. JTF, ILO, and the government will progressively work on developing guidelines and taking other actions toward promoting RBC throughout the industry.

1. Background

In the “Study Group on Sustainability of Textile and Apparel Industry Report” METI compiled in July 2021, it is recommended that in order to promote RBC in the textile and apparel industry, "the industry association should formulate guidelines to facilitate enterprises' initiatives for due diligence in cooperation with international organizations including the International Labour Organization (ILO) who works on a broad range of labor issues." Based on the above recommendation, the MOU was signed today with the aim of cooperation between the JTF*1 and ILO*2 toward promoting responsible corporate conduct in the textile industry.

2. Future efforts

JTF has established a committee to formulate "Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct in the Textile and Apparel Industry" (provisional name), consisting of its member organization and the ILO. The guidelines will be formulated based on the opinions of external experts and relevant organizations.

METI will attend the committee as an observer and work along with the JTF and ILO in cooperation with industry organizations. It will do so as part of its efforts toward promoting guidance on human rights due diligence in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Due Diligence Guidance on RBC (as mentioned in the Ministerial Statement on forced labor compiled in the G7 Trade Ministers' Meeting held on October 22).

From the left: Mr. Kambara Masanao, President of the JTF, Mr. Nagasawa Takeshi, Director of the Lifestyle Industries Division, and Mr. Takasaki Shinichi, Director of the ILO Office for Japan

*1. Japan Textile Federation (JTF): Established in January 1970. It consists of 28 textile-related organizations, 18 branches in textile-producing regions, and 48 supporting member companies. Its activities toward developing Japan's textile industry include collecting a wide variety of information, issuing policy requests to the government, and working with relevant foreign organizations.
*2. International Labour Organization (ILO): Established in 1919. Headquartered in Geneva, is a specialist organization of the United Nations. It sets labor standards and conducts many other activities worldwide, with the aim of achieving decent work for all women and men.

Division in Charge

Lifestyle Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau