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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.

Mapping of human rights impacts in the gold value chain

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 13-12-2019

The parties and adhering banks to the DBA (banks, civil society organizations, government and trade unions) mapped the human rights impacts in the gold value chain from their collective areas of expertise.

Successful Due Diligence Kick-Off Session

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 13-12-2019

Companies active in the metals sector have gained more insight into how to get started with their due diligence. During the Kick-off Session on this subject, the companies were introduced to the Maturity Assessment Tool (MAT) for due diligence. This tool provides insight into the level of companies’ due diligence performance and helps them to further improve on this. The knowledge acquired at the session shall enable the companies put international responsible business conduct (RBC) into practice.

DBA presents White Paper Performance Indicators on Human Rights

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 13-12-2019

Under the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement, parties and banks agreed to jointly explore options for greater transparency including the development of meaningful and effective performance indicators to report on business and human rights (article 6.10.a).

Urban mined gold in jewellery

Agreement Responsible Gold | 12-12-2019

Recycled gold from African scrap phones is reused in high-quality jewellery. This is the result of a collaboration between Closing the Loop and the German jewellery brand VIERI.

Toolbox for the Dutch Pension Funds Agreement on Responsible Investment available

Agreement Pension Funds | 12-12-2019

On 12 December 2019, the Toolbox for the Dutch Pension Funds Agreement on Responsible Investment was published in Dutch. Today, the translation of the toolbox becomes available. This Toolbox provides guidance to pension funds for the implementation of the Agreement.