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

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.
Increased European awareness for the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector © Eurometaux

Eurometaux is the industry association for the producers and recyclers of non-ferrous metals in Europe.

Increase awareness

In order to increase the awareness about the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector (Agreement) at an European level, the Parties to the Agreement organised a joint meeting with the members of Eurometaux on 9 March 2020 in Brussels. The benefits of joining the Agreement and the relation of the Agreement to other standards and initiatives in the metals sector were presented.

Joint communication and sharing know-how

One of the outcomes of the meeting was that it will be explored how joint communication can contribute to raising awareness about supply chain due diligence in the metals sector internationally. Furthermore, the Agreement and Eurometaux strive to share know-how on supply chain due diligence (initiatives) more intensively in the future. Other main points discussed centered around two issues. The first one is the wish to explore ways of cooperation and knowledge exchange on responsible sourcing within the metals sector. Secondly, a call by companies to harmonise sustainability initiatives was discussed, leading to the conclusion that the Agreement shall investigate how to improve cooperation with other initiatives.

European Commission

The meeting was attended by the independent chairman of the Agreement, Mr. Maurits Derksen, Eurometaux’s Director-General Guy Thiran, members of Eurometaux and representatives of the signatories to the Agreement. In addition, the meeting was also attended by a representative of the European Commission, who informed the participants about the various European due diligence initiatives and legislations, among other things, the European Commission’s Green Deal.