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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.

Four new signatories to Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 20-11-2017

Another four parties have become signatories to the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. StarSock, ByKay, Noppies and Goosecraft have joined the list of enterprises that signed the Agreement earlier. Like their Agreement partners, they will work to prevent such abuses as exploitation, animal suffering and environmental damage in production countries. The Agreement has also gained a new supporter: Control Union.

Meeting with unions from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 20-11-2017

Union representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia arrived in the Netherlands on 15 November at the invitation of Dutch trade union federations and Agreement participants FNV and CNV. They were anxious to share their experiences back home with parties participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile.

New partner joins Dutch Gold Agreement

Agreement Responsible Gold | 18-09-2017

The Dutch Responsible Gold Agreement has welcomed a new partner. Coolrec, a gold recycling firm, is joining the partnership. Coolrec, a subsidiary of Renewi (previously Van Gansewinkel), recovers gold and other materials from discarded devices and appliances.

New partner joins Dutch Banking Sector Agreement

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 11-07-2017

The Dutch Banking Sector Agreement has welcomed a new partner. The NGO Save the Children is joining the agreement. Save the Children works to protect the rights of children and helps businesses incorporate such protection into their policy on international responsible business conduct (IRBC).

Insurance sector agrees commitments on responsible investing

Insurance sector | 05-07-2017

Agreement signed for international responsible investing in insurance sector.

Responsible garment production a step closer

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 04-07-2017

The textile industry has established a basis for responsible garment manufacturing in the longer term. For the first time ever, businesses as a group will state which factories produce their clothing. They have also drawn up specific improvement plans to tackle poor working conditions, human rights and environmental and animal abuses.