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Nyrstar signs the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector

20-11-2020

Nyrstar, an internationally operating company in the metal sector, signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector on 26 October 2020

First annual progress report International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector published

06-11-2020

The Parties that concluded the International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector has published its first annual progress report.

Krommenhoek Metals signs International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector

22-10-2020

Krommenhoek Metals has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing the Agreement the company will strive for a more sustainable supply chain.

International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector participates in consultation SDG Zinc Sector Roadmap

21-10-2020

UNICEF, Terre des Hommes, and the Dutch Trade Union CNV participated in an online stakeholder consultation of the International Zinc Association (IZA), who invited the organizations to gather feedback on their SDG Zinc Sector Roadmap. This collaboration between IZA, as a supporting organisation of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector, and the NGOs marks the start of further dialogue on jointly maximizing contributions in reaching the SDGs in the zinc industry.

Increased European awareness for the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector

02-04-2020

A joint meeting of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector and Eurometaux resulted in increased European awareness about the Agreement. Also, the idea was born to communicate jointly about metals supply chains due diligence and to share know-how on supply chain due diligence more intensively.

Successful Due Diligence Kick-Off Session

13-12-2019

Companies active in the metals sector have gained more insight into how to get started with their due diligence. During the Kick-off Session on this subject, the companies were introduced to the Maturity Assessment Tool (MAT) for due diligence. This tool provides insight into the level of companies’ due diligence performance and helps them to further improve on this. The knowledge acquired at the session shall enable the companies put international responsible business conduct (RBC) into practice.

Maurits Derksen chair of the Metals Agreement

26-11-2019

Organisation sociologist Maurits Derksen has been apppointed chairman of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. His appointment was officially confirmed by the Agreement parties last week.

Fruitful discussions on responsible metals sourcing during LME-Week

08-11-2019

Progress has been made with scaling up responsible sourcing efforts in the metals sector internationally. During the LME-week in London, the International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector engaged with a broad delegation of international stakeholders in de sector.

Metals sector commits to responsible metals supply chains

23-05-2019

Stakeholders in the metals sector are joining forces to advocate for and stimulate international responsible business conduct (IRBC) in the sector. Companies, industry associations, government, trade unions and civil society organisations will sign the ‘International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector: Delivering Responsible Metals Supply Chains Together’ on 23 May.

Dutch metallurgy industry negotiating agreement for sustainable value chain

01-03-2018

The Dutch metallurgy industry has begun negotiations for an international responsible business conduct (IRBC) agreement in which private companies, industry associations, government and civil society organisations – including trade unions and NGOs – will put international guidelines on responsible business conduct into practice.