Closing the Loop and Stop Child Labour/Hivos, both part of the Dutch Gold Sector International Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Agreement, have worked together to formulate a clear and effective policy on child labour for Closing the Loop.
The recycling of gold from used electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) can be a golden opportunity for progress towards the attainment of a more circular economy for electronic devices and an alternative to primary gold mining.
Amsterdam has launched a city-wide tender for natural stone. Suppliers can compete for a multi-year blanket order for nine categories of natural stone.
In December 2019, the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on international responsible business conduct regarding human rights came officially to an end. The agreement finishes with a report of the independent Monitoring Committee and a closing statement of the Steering Group.
The European wind industry is engaged in dialogue with other stakeholders to reach an international Responsible Business Conduct sector agreement. The aim is to sign the agreement before summer 2021.
Donsje Amsterdam has signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The company will work towards sustainable products and supply chains.
The written standards regarding corporate social responsibility of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Clothing and Textiles and their implementation are largely in line with the OECD Guidelines. This is apparent from an extensive analysis conducted by the OECD.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned an evaluation of the Agreements promoting International Responsible Business Conduct. The SER includes this evaluation in its advice to Minister Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation about the Dutch government’s future policy on international responsible business conduct.
Clean Clothes Campaign (SKC) and SOMO recently published a report criticizing the reporting of a number of companies participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT). The report assesses the extent to which these companies' reports comply with the OECD guidelines. AGT sees the report as an incentive for companies to work towards greater transparency.
The number of participating businesses that fully comply with the process requirements relating to international responsible business conduct has grown sharply from 5 to 36. There are now more than 5,800 locations identified where garments and textiles are being produced. This is stated in the 2019 annual report of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, which is published today.