Integrating Human Rights Due Diligence into Supplier Contracts: A Discussion on Supplier Model Contract Clauses (SMCs)

In 2022, the Sustainable Terms of Trade White Paper unveiled the pressing issue of unfair contracting practices that adversely affect human rights in the textile industry. This issue calls for collaborative efforts to draft model contract clauses that can enhance supplier protection by sharing responsibility with buyers to address human rights risks.

These Supplier Model Contract Clauses (SMCs) have been developed through the Responsible Contracting Project (RCP), in collaboration with suppliers and manufacturing associations participating in the Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative, with support from GIZ and pro bono counsel from Linklaters LLP.

In this technical seminar, we will explore the SMCs, built upon the principles of human rights due diligence (HRDD) which provide a framework for mutual accountability between buyers and suppliers. We will also address key updates to the SMCs, including the use of plain language versions, specifying contractual terms, incorporating environmental considerations, and guidance on implementation. Let's explore this vital aspect of responsible contracting together.


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Sarah Dadush

Director of the Responsible Contracting Project (RCP)

Sarah Dadush is a Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and the founding Director of the Responsible Contracting Project (RCP). She co-authored the 2021 report, “Balancing Buyer and Supplier Responsibilities: Model Contract Clauses to Protect Workers in International Supply Chains, Version 2.0”. She is also a member of the European Model Contract Clauses for Responsible and Sustainable Supply Chains Working Group.

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Daniel Schönfelder

European Legal Advisor

Daniel Schönfelder, RCP's European Legal Advisor, focuses on drafting and disseminating clauses for German and European contexts. He coordinates the German Team for the European Model Contract Clauses project, playing a key role in building relationships with stakeholders from business, NGOs, academia, and consultancies. Daniel is also a lawyer and lecturer, his experience includes advising on the creation of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act and assisting businesses in various sectors with its implementation.

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Fatima-Zohra Alaoui

Independent Expert

Fatima-Zohra Alaoui has played a key role in supporting the Moroccan Textile and Garment industry. She has been the General Manager of AMITH, The Moroccan Association of Textile and Apparel Industries, prior to which she worked as a consultant in strategy both in the public and private sectors. Fatima-Zohra holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University in the UK


Nasya Quintanilla

Asia Garment Hub

  • When Nov 29, 2023 from 04:00 PM to 04:15 PM (Asia/Bangkok / UTC700)
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