The vast majority of the world’s people are still waiting for increased job security, higher wages and access to universal social protection. Unions warned about this rising inequality at the G20 Labour Ministers meeting in Argentina in September.
Jessica van Eijs is a member of the Dutch Parliament. Recently she visited textile producing company Schijvens to get informed about circular production. Schijvens produces company clothing that is 100% circular for multiple clients in the Netherlands.
Solidaridad, party to the AGT, organized an event to swap hats in antipaction to ‘Prinsjesdag’ on 11 september.
Unions have developed a tool with questions for companies in the garment and textile sector. With this questionnaire they can start the conversation about freedom of association and working conditions in factories.
Parties and banks within the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement have been working on an analysis of the palm oil value chain.
The coalition that concluded the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct Regarding Human Rights has published its first annual report. The report includes two new analyses, one concerning the global cocoa value chain and the other describing how the Agreement parties and adhering banks can use their influence to prevent and reduce human rights violations.
The Cookie Company signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The Cookie Company is an international company that designs and makes clothing and accessories for large retailers, like Kruidvat, Action and Intertoys.
Textile company Alsico NV is the first participating company of the Dutch Argeement on Sustainable Garments and Textile that signed the ‘associate membership’ with the German Textilbündnis.
From next year onwards, the participating companies to the agreement will publish individually what the greatest risks are in factories where they produce, together with their policy for dealing with these risks.
Parties of the agreement have sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to support an increase of the minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment workers. The letter is also sent by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which is also a supporting organization to the agreement.