The metals sector is known to be at increased risk of violations of human rights, fundamental labour rights, environmental and biodiversity standards and adverse impacts on local communities. With this agreement, participants are committed to identifying, preventing and mitigating (potential) adverse impacts.
Gooimeer, trader and supplier of steel sheet piles, has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing the agreement, the company wants to create more awareness among its own employees and in the industry.
Companies that participate in the international RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector have made progress in the second year despite COVID-19 restrictions. This can be read in the annual report 2020-2021 of the agreement. For example, more companies are making use of the due diligence tools and international RBC is increasingly being incorporated into policy and management systems. The agreement also welcomed five new participants last year.
Prof. dr. Tineke Lambooy is the new chairperson of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. In the agreement, metal companies, NGOs, trade unions and the government work together to tackle and prevent abuses in the field of human rights and the environment in the metal chains.