Due diligence in the metal sector

Step 1. Embed RBC into policies and management systems.

What is step 1?

The government, consumers, business relationships, trade unions and other civil society organisations expect companies to demonstrate that in all their activities they respect the rights of children, employees and local residents and operate in an environmentally friendly manner. By drawing up an international RBC policy, the company makes it clear how it seeks to do business. The company must then integrate the policy internally and into relationships with suppliers and other business relationships.

Want to know more about step 1?

Step 1 and the agreement

The agreement offers various instruments to implement the first step as a company. Companies use the ‘Model international RBC policy’ as inspiration when drawing up their own policy. The ‘Maturity Assessment Tool’ helps companies to understand the status of due diligence implementation within the company. A score is generated from the questionnaire in the Maturity Assessment Tool. Companies use the ‘Maturity Improvement Plan’ to develop a plan to increase their score. Companies are expected to submit the Maturity Assessment Tool and the Maturity Improvement Plan to the Secretariat annually. In addition to using the tools, companies gain access to a network of experts to assist them in implementing step 1.

The overview with all tools can be found here.

Companies within the agreement with an (international) RBC policy: