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Working conditions at Chinese dye houses made safer and healthier

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 10-06-2021

Headed by Arcadis, six participating brands of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile have finished a 2.5 year clothing dye house improvement program in China. The goal of the program was making the dye houses a safer and healthier place to work. By bringing the brands closer to their supply chain, they understand better what challenges the dye houses are facing and how they can collaboratively overcome these challenges.

Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile makes assessment companies more transparent

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 25-05-2021

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has expanded its assessment framework with a practical explanation of each assessment criterion. It clarifies what is expected of participating garments and textile companies in the field of international responsible business conduct. The framework describes how the annual assessment of companies is conducted.

Smart-M signs the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 17-05-2021

Smart-M, producer of semi-finished products in the metal sector, has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing this agreement, Smart-M commits to taking responsibility for all aspects in its supply chain.

First workers' committees established and trained in a collective project in Tamil Nadu

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 26-04-2021

Prénatal is one of the first companies to have started a training program at a supplier. The company started their program at a supplier in Tamil Nadu, India.
The training is part of a collective project of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile to improve working conditions in the clothing industry in the region. In addition to Prénatal, six companies, the Mondiaal FNV trade union and NGOs SAVE and Arisa are participating in the project.

Supermarkets provide insight into living wage gap in banana sector

Agreement for the Food Products Sector | 23-04-2021

Over the last year, Dutch supermarkets that are part of CBL worked on their commitment to close the living wage gap in the banana sector. The commitment is part of the IRBC Agreement for the Food Products Sector. They worked on this together with IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

OECD side event with participants from international RBC agreements

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 23-04-2021

The OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains will take place on April 27 and 28 2021. During this forum, a side event about the hidden risks in mining supply chains will be organised by CNV. The focus will be on the countries Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

OECD side event with participants from international RBC agreements

Agreement Pension Funds | 23-04-2021

The OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains will take place on April 27 and 28 2021. During this forum, a side event about the hidden risks in mining supply chains will be organised by CNV. The focus will be on the countries Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

Benchmarks help companies participating in Sustainable Garments and Textile Agreement tackle living wage gap

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 30-03-2021

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile is publishing a list that reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in the garment and textile industry in many countries. Understanding the difference between the two allows companies to take steps to bridge this gap. The list covers almost fifty countries and regions and was compiled using data provided by WageIndicator and The Global Living Wage Coalition.

Clothing companies increase transparency by signing the Transparency Pledge

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 25-02-2021

The number of clothing and textile companies which endorse the Transparency Pledge goes up again.

SER contributes to EC consultation on sustainability in corporate governance

17-02-2021

The European Commission has recently concluded a public consultation on sustainability in corporate governance. The Social and Economic Council (SER) provided input.