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.
A large number of investors are signing a statement supporting the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Together, they represent more than EUR 3.7 trillion in assets under management.
The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has reported a substantially larger number of production sites. The new production site list shows the 4,267 sites where participating companies produced goods in the past year. Publication of the new production site list coincides with the second anniversary of the signing of the Agreement.
The parties in the Dutch food products sector are joining forces to ensure responsible business conduct in the international production chain. Today, they signed the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for the Food Products Sector.
The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has been signed by Sandwich. Sandwich is an international fashion brand with more than 2,200 shops worldwide.
There is increasing concern among companies, public authorities, consumers and civil-society organisations for the welfare of animals in the clothing and textile sector. Nevertheless, economic interests often outweigh those of animals. This is the outcome of research carried out on behalf of the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC ) focused Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT).