SER discusses IRBC with Dutch ambassadors


The Netherlands has a worldwide diplomatic network of ambassadors, permanent representatives and consuls. Once a year, they meet to discuss developments in the Netherlands, the Dutch Government’s policy, and the main events and items to consider in the new year. This ‘ambassadors’ conference’ plays an important role in ensuring that these diplomatic representatives speak with a single voice when promoting Dutch interests abroad.

Insurance sector working on IRBC agreement

Insurance sector | 10-01-2017

The Dutch insurance sector, the Dutch government, trade unions and NGOs have undertaken to work together in the months ahead on an agreement promoting International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC).

House Committee learns about IRBC


On 30 November 2016, a delegation headed by SER president Mariƫtte Hamer visited the House Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The purpose of the visit was to explain the agreements on International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) that had recently been concluded in the banking industry and the garments and textile sector, and to update the committee about IRBC negotiations in various other sectors.

Banks, unions, NGOs and government working together on human rights

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 28-10-2016

Dutch banks, unions, NGOs and government are joining forces by signing an agreement on international responsible business conduct regarding human rights in the banking sector.

75 signatures endorse Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector agreement

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 04-07-2016

This morning, 55 businesses, their representative organisations VGT, Modint and INretail, Solidaridad, UNICEF Netherlands, the India Committee of the Netherlands, the Stop Child Labour Coalition, Four Paws Netherlands, Dutch trade unions FNV and CNV and the National Government of the Netherlands signed the Agreement on a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector. This is the first in a series of agreements on international responsible business conduct that aim to improve the sustainability of international production and supply chains. Together, the participating businesses represent more than a third of the revenue generated in the Dutch market (EUR 3.5 billion). A broad coalition has joined forces in this agreement. The aim is for at least 50% of the Dutch garment and textile sector to sign the agreement by 2018, and 80% by 2020. The Netherlands is the first country to embark on the transition to a sustainable garment and textile sector in this manner.

Broad coalition supports agreement on sustainable garment and textile production

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 09-03-2016

A broad coalition of industry organisations, trade unions, civil-society organisations and the Dutch government are presenting an agreement on international responsible business conduct in the garment and textile sector.