New participants from the Netherlands and Flanders

TruStone Initiative | 14-05-2020

In the past few weeks, three companies have joined the TruStone Initiative. These are the Dutch companies B&S Natuursteen and Steenwerck and the Flemish company VietBlueStone.

Issue of whether or not to introduce IRBC legislation dominates debate in the Dutch House of Representatives


The House of Representatives has differing views on whether or not to legislate for International Responsible Business Conduct (International RBC). Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, wants to address the international RBC approach as broadly as possible. This became apparent during the recent general consultation (AO) with the Minister.

Call to face the consequences of the corona crisis together

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 21-04-2020

The IRBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, together with a large group of like-minded organizations, has drawn up a joint statement on responding responsibly to the corona crisis.

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

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.

CVRD has signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 20-03-2020

CVRD has signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile on October 8, 2019. The company will work towards sustainable products and supply chain.

TruStone Initiative: Participating companies and governments visited India

TruStone Initiative | 13-03-2020

In the first week of March a delegation of companies and contracting authorities have visited the region of Telangana in India and engaged in dialogue with local stakeholders (owners/management of natural stones production sites, employers, and local governments.

Parties to Agreement help to improve small-scale gold mines

Agreement Responsible Gold | 09-03-2020

A number of parties to the Responsible Gold Agreement are working to give gold from small-scale mines a place in their supply chain in a responsible manner. With these efforts, they are taking practical steps in order to have a positive impact.

Collaboration and remedies towards betters workplaces in Bangladesh & India

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 02-03-2020

During an interactive event on February 17th, the involved parties and companies in the Agreement for Sustainable Garments & Textile project ‘Remedies towards a Better Workplace’, shared their experiences, results and lessons learned with a wide group of companies and other interested parties.

Small and medium-sized insurance companies on track.

Insurance sector | 28-02-2020

In the summer of 2018, sector organizations in the insurance sector have signed the IRBC agreement on international responsible investment in the insurance sector. The agreement is binding for all affiliated insurers

First annual report Pension Funds Agreement

Agreement Pension Funds | 25-02-2020

In the first year of the Responsible Business Conduct Agreement on responsible investment by Pension Funds, the participating parties have worked hard to start the process, to get to know each other and to familiarise with each other’s procedures and requirements.