The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned an evaluation of the Agreements promoting International Responsible Business Conduct. The SER includes this evaluation in its advice to Minister Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation about the Dutch government’s future policy on international responsible business conduct.
Clean Clothes Campaign (SKC) and SOMO recently published a report criticizing the reporting of a number of companies participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT). The report assesses the extent to which these companies' reports comply with the OECD guidelines. AGT sees the report as an incentive for companies to work towards greater transparency.
The number of participating businesses that fully comply with the process requirements relating to international responsible business conduct has grown sharply from 5 to 36. There are now more than 5,800 locations identified where garments and textiles are being produced. This is stated in the 2019 annual report of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, which is published today.
The insurers, the government, NGOs and trade unions, united in the IRBC agreement in the insurance sector, have developed five frameworks for themes around the environment, social conditions and corporate governance. These thematic frameworks bring together relevant international legislation and regulations, tips and other support that an insurer can use when investing in risky sectors.
H.J. de Rooy Lederwaren has signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The company will work towards sustainable products and supply chains.
Joint report of AGT and PST based on tool developed by ACT underlines importance in times of crisis
The parties to the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) are calling on companies to comply with their international social responsibility during the corona crisis. The basic principles are to protect the income of workers in the garment and textile sector, to guarantee their health and safety, and to make the supply chain future-proof.
During a webinar, organized with Inretail, Modint and Solidaridad, the IRBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, managers of clothing companies were given tools for purchasing practices in producing countries.
In the past few weeks, three companies have joined the TruStone Initiative. These are the Dutch companies B&S Natuursteen and Steenwerck and the Flemish company VietBlueStone.
The House of Representatives has differing views on whether or not to legislate for International Responsible Business Conduct (International RBC). Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, wants to address the international RBC approach as broadly as possible. This became apparent during the recent general consultation (AO) with the Minister.