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Manufacturing clothing in Myanmar: can it be done responsibly?

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 26-02-2018

On 21 February, three trade associations, in collaboration with SOMO and the secretariat of the Agreement held a workshop for businesses on the clothing industry in Myanmar. The goal was to present a picture of the many considerations when producing responsibly in high-risk countries. One such high-risk country is Myanmar.

SER explains agreements to Parliament

23-02-2018

“It’s extremely complex, and a process that demands a lot of patience,” said Mariëtte Hamer. She is the chairperson of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). The statement was made in the Lower House of Parliament on 22 February, in a discussion bringing members of Parliament up to speed on the IRBC (International Responsible Business Conduct) agreements. These agreements are intended to prevent abuses such as dangerous working conditions and adverse environmental impact in producing countries.

India Committee of the Netherlands investigates garment factories

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 15-02-2018

Girls and women who work in garment factories in India are the victims of modern forms of slavery, says the India Committee of the Netherlands (LIW - Landelijke India Werkgroep) after an on-the-ground investigation.

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.