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Arisa conducts risk assessment in Tamil Nadu to identify risks and strengthen the efforts of signatory brands

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 09-07-2019

Human Rights Organisation Arisa has conducted a risk assessment in the supply chain of signatories to the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) in Tamil Nadu (India).

Climate Impact Work Conference at the Dutch Association of Insurers

Insurance sector | 09-07-2019

The financial sector wants to actively contribute to the financing of the energy transition.

Textile companies reveal how they deal with the risks of malpractices

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 04-07-2019

Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile: Openness about risks in sector 'the new normal'

Companies are opening up about malpractices that they have encountered in garments and textile manufacturing – and what they are doing in response. Some fifty brands that have participated in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile since the very start will be making their findings public no later than today.

Floricultural sector joins forces to press for more responsible production

| 02-07-2019

The International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for the floricultural sector was signed at the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk today. The Dutch floricultural sector has joined forces with the Dutch government, a trade union and an NGO to agree on a more responsible approach to international production of and trade in ornamental plants.

Seminar ‘beyond auditing’ takes brands towards systemic change

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 22-06-2019

Early this month we had the opportunity to present the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) at the seminar ‘beyond auditing’, organised by the German Textilbündnis.

Independent committee on Garments and Textile Agreement issues first rulings on companies

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 17-06-2019

The independent Complaints and Disputes Committee for the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has issued its first rulings in two separate disputes.

Parties pilot natural stone visit Belgian quarry

TruStone Initiative | 27-05-2019

On Wednesday 22 May, a group of 20 participants of the pilot project on sustainable procurement (MVI) natural stone visited the Carrières du Hainaut quarry in Wallonia. The quarry is one of the largest in Europe. Hard stone is extracted, which is largely used for public space in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Directors in dialogue about progress of the agreement

Insurance sector | 24-05-2019

The directors of all participating parties to the International RBC-agreement in the Insurance sector met in May to discuss the progress of the agreement. Topics that were discussed included progress within various working groups, the climate change and some practical cases.

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement publishes a paper on enabling remediation

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 24-05-2019

Parties within the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement publish a paper on enabling remediation. The paper explores the role and responsibility of banks with regard to remedy, when connected to human rights impacts through client relationships. It summarizes the most important points of conversation, consensus and broadly shared insights and diverging perspectives where parties were unable to reach consensus.

Inspiration session stakeholders agreement food products sector

Agreement for the Food Products Sector | 23-05-2019

Which issues do companies in the food sector face when they start due diligence? How can parties within the agreement help companies to manage the risks in their international value chain? At the inspiration session of the IRBC Agreement for the Food Product sector on May 21 in Utrecht, practice played a central role.