Nyrstar, an internationally operating company in the metal sector, signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector on 26 October 2020
The Parties that concluded the International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector has published its first annual progress report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.