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Workshop for enterprises on the garment industry in Myanmar

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 08-02-2018

Three industry organisations, SOMO and the secretariat of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile are offering enterprises a workshop on the garment industry in Myanmar. The aim is to provide an insight into what is involved in responsible manufacturing in "at risk" countries. Myanmar is an example of this.

International interest evident at packed OECD meeting

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 08-02-2018

How do the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile and the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles work? The two initiatives organised a meeting during the OECD conference on the garment industry on 30 January, where they announced that they would be cooperating more closely.

Due diligence workshop lays the foundation for the real work

Agreement Responsible Gold | 06-02-2018

The participants in the Agreement Responsible Gold have opened the door to due diligence. The interpretation, examples and experiences exchanged in a workshop on the subject will be the springboard for the individual participants to get down to work in this area. Eleven of the agreement’s twenty participants took part in the workshop.

New signatory to Garments and Textile Agreement: Fristads

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 05-02-2018

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has acquired a new signatory: Fristads Kansas Benelux BV. Like its Agreement partners, it will work to prevent such abuses as exploitation, animal suffering and environmental damage in production countries.

German-Dutch cooperation takes sustainability in the textile sector to the next level

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 30-01-2018

German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile announce strategic cooperation.

Cooperating to tackle problems in the garment and textile sector

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 29-01-2018

Based on the published list of production sites, a number of organisations have reported issues observed in production countries. NGOs, government and companies are now working together to tackle abuses like failure to pay a living wage or recognise trade union rights. This type of cooperation has not been possible before. It is only one of the results that the coalition united in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile presents in its annual report.

Dutch pensions sector initiates IRBC negotiations

Agreement Pension Funds | 25-01-2018

The Dutch pensions sector, the Dutch government, trade unions and NGOs have agreed to work together in the months ahead on an agreement promoting international responsible business conduct (IRBC). In March 2017, the Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds published the Pension Funds IRBC Declaration of Intent indicating its willingness to work towards an IRBC agreement.

UN Forum in Geneva: a push for human rights legislation in international business

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 08-12-2017

The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights convened recently in Geneva. Among the 3000 participants from around the world were representatives of the secretariat for the Dutch Agreement on Garments and Textile. Many of the Forum participants pushed for legislation to prevent human rights violations.

Agreement partner FOUR PAWS aims to prevent animal suffering during wool production

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 08-12-2017

Much of the wool we wear comes from sheep that have been subject to mulesing, a procedure in which strips of wool-bearing skin are removed without any painkillers being administered. The animal welfare charity FOUR PAWS is against this practice and supports the use of a special quality mark for wool.

New signatory to Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 30-11-2017

Another party has become a signatory to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. Mauritz & Zn. has joined the list of enterprises that signed the Agreement earlier. Like its Agreement partners, it will work to prevent such abuses as exploitation, animal suffering and environmental damage in production countries.