Parties to the international RBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile again call for responsibility in the corona crisis
The parties to the international RBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile again call on companies to give substance to their international responsible business conduct during the corona crisis. The basic principles are the protection of the income of employees in the clothing and textile sector, guaranteeing their safety and health and making the chain future-proof.
The corona crisis is causing serious problems in many production countries. The parties to the Agreement therefore believe that purchasing companies:
- should only take measures in good consultation with their partners in the chain
- cannot cancel orders that are in production or are already produced
- pay for materials and labor for orders that are in production or have already been produced
- not negotiate discounts under the threat of canceling orders.
The parties expect internationally operating clothing and textile companies to do this with due diligence. This means that companies are obliged to ascertain to what extent they are involved in abuses in the field of human rights, the environment or animal welfare in accordance with the OECD guidelines and to address or prevent these abuses.
The Agreement supports companies that want to address risks in their chain. Top management of companies is involved and made aware of their due diligence responsibility and possible solutions. Discussions are also held with purchasing and CSR managers. These activities are aimed at addressing and resolving structural shortcomings in the sector, so that clothing production becomes more sustainable and crisis-resilient.
Read the full Agreement statement (in Dutch). The Agreement previously released, together with a group of like-minded organizations, a statement to deal responsibly with the corona crisis. The ILO's call to action has also been signed.