Assessment framework published for Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has developed an assessment framework. The assessment framework describes the criteria that participating companies must meet and also shows how their efforts are assessed.

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Companies’ annual action plan

One of the requirements imposed on companies participating in the Agreement is that they must draw up an annual action plan. In this plan, they indicate how they deal with risks in their supply chain. The companies base their action plans on the IRBC risk management process (due diligence), in accordance with OECD and UN guidelines.

Under the Agreement, companies consider the following five matters in their due diligence process: 1. policy, 2. risk analysis (risk inventory and prioritisation) 3. targets and actions for all themes, 4. evaluation and communication, and 5. stakeholder consultation.

Assessment criteria

The Secretariat of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile assesses the companies’ action plans in accordance with the principles laid down in the Agreement. The assessment criteria in the framework are based on these principles and make it clear to the participating companies how assessment takes place.

Better understanding of efforts and results of Agreement

The assessment framework gives individual companies a better idea of which steps they can take and where more progress is required. It also highlights goals and actions addressing such matters as child labour, living wage, environment and animal welfare by awarding companies the most points in this section (40% of the total score), encouraging them to take real action.

The assessment framework makes it possible for the Secretariat of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile to produce aggregated reports on the amount of progress that participating companies and parties have made towards making the sector more sustainable and on joint activities that are being developed.

Contribution by stakeholders

While it was drawing up the criteria, the Secretariat of the Agreement made grateful use of the expertise of HIVOS, FNV, the Fair Wear Foundation, AMFORI-BSCI and other stakeholders.