Sustainable supply chains: reaching the lower tiers

3 Jun 2021

The Sustainable supply chains: reaching the lower tiers was organized as part of the Asia-Pacific United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum: The New Decade of Action?, which was held on 1-4 June 2021. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), this session discussed challenges and potential solutions for promoting responsible and sustainable business practices in the lower tiers of supply chains. It looked at incentives for buyers and suppliers to ensure principles of responsible business conduct, both as a way to become more competitive and productive and to comply with emerging regulatory frameworks which require mandatory due diligence along the entire supply chain, including the lower tiers. It shared experiences of companies and discussed potential solutions to address these challenges, including initiatives that can support companies in understanding and addressing social and environmental vulnerabilities and challenges in lower tiers.

ESBN related speakers include Asif Ibrahim, Director, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries, and Krittika Wuttipat Aree, Executive Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance and Sustainability, Li & Fung Limited (both in Sustainable Supply chain session).

The recording of the session is now available at: Information about the Forum, including the concept note, programme and registration portal, can be found at: