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Small and medium-sized insurance companies on track.

Insurance sector | 28-02-2020

In the summer of 2018, sector organizations in the insurance sector have signed the IRBC agreement on international responsible investment in the insurance sector. The agreement is binding for all affiliated insurers

First annual report Pension Funds Agreement

Agreement Pension Funds | 25-02-2020

In the first year of the Responsible Business Conduct Agreement on responsible investment by Pension Funds, the participating parties have worked hard to start the process, to get to know each other and to familiarise with each other’s procedures and requirements.

Alignment between initiatives at the European level: AGT, PST and SAC stress the potential for scaling up due diligence implementation in the garment sector

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 24-02-2020

Ten years following the update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the launch of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, there is growing consensus across governments, intergovernmental organisations and other stakeholders that due diligence is at the core of responsible business conduct especially with regard to supply chain responsibility.

DKG Group first major retail chain to join TruStone Initiative

TruStone Initiative | 06-02-2020

DKG Group (best known in the Netherlands for Bruynzeel Kitchens and Keller Kitchens) is the 28th signatory to the IRBC TruStone Initiative, raising the number of Dutch signatories to fourteen.

CNV international publishes video on freedom of assiociation

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 13-01-2020

Freedom of Association is one of the key themes within the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. Participating brands commit to respect freedom of association and social dialogue in their international supply chains, as it is a fundamental right of workers and a fundamental human right to organize in a trade union.

Sims Recycling ends participation Responsible Gold Agreement

Agreement Responsible Gold | 20-12-2019

Electronics recycler Sims Recycling Solutions ends its participation in the Responsible Gold Agreement. The company states that the time required for constructive participation in the agreement does not outweigh the limited influence that the company can exert on the supply chain.

State of play of the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 17-12-2019

In December 2019 the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on international responsible business conduct regarding human (DBA) rights ended after three years of hard work. Although the DBA is officially at the end of its term, a final monitoring report and an accompanying steering group statement is expected in Q2 2020.

Recommendations for enabling remediation

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 17-12-2019

In May 2019 Parties within the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement published a paper on enabling remediation. This paper explores the role and responsibility of banks with regard to remedy, when connected to human rights impacts through client relationships.

2nd Sustainable Apparel Forum in Bangladesh

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 16-12-2019

In the beginning of November 2019, the AGT was invited to participate in two events in Bangladesh. On November 4th, the Dutch Embassy in Dhaka hosted a Round Table on the importance of purchasing practices and its effect on sustainability.

Mapping of human rights impacts in the oil & gas value chain

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 13-12-2019

The parties and adhering banks to the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement (banks, civil society organizations, government and trade unions) mapped the human rights impacts in the oil & gas value chain from their collective areas of expertise.