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Training sessions are helping to improve conditions in clothing factories in Bangladesh

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 05-03-2018

In Bangladesh, training sessions were held in December and February for local clothing manufacturers. These sessions involved factories supplying to companies participating in the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile.

Dutch metallurgy industry negotiating agreement for sustainable value chain

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 01-03-2018

The Dutch metallurgy industry has begun negotiations for an international responsible business conduct (IRBC) agreement in which private companies, industry associations, government and civil society organisations – including trade unions and NGOs – will put international guidelines on responsible business conduct into practice.

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.