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Metals sector commits to responsible metals supply chains

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 23-05-2019

Stakeholders in the metals sector are joining forces to advocate for and stimulate international responsible business conduct (IRBC) in the sector. Companies, industry associations, government, trade unions and civil society organisations will sign the ‘International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector: Delivering Responsible Metals Supply Chains Together’ on 23 May.

Indian partners Trustone Initiative visit the Netherlands

TruStone Initiative | 23-05-2019

On 23 May, participants in the TruStone Initiative and the pilot projects on socially responsible procurement of natural stone met with Indian partners from the NGOs Arisa and Coalitie Stop Child Labour.

Parties attend workshop on sustainable materials

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 23-05-2019

On May 9th, the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles, Solidaridad and Modint organized a workshop on sustainable materials for companies and other parties to the Agreement.

Senate adopts due diligence bill on child labour

15-05-2019

On Tuesday May 14th, the Dutch Senate adopted a child labour due diligence bill (initiatiefwetsvoorstel zorgplicht kinderarbeid). The bill asks companies to declare that they are taking the necessary steps to prevent child labour.

Agreement insurance sector worked on first practical case

Insurance sector | 14-05-2019

Parties in the Agreement in the insurance sector have jointly worked out a first case for international responsible investment (IMVO). During the session, a practical case study was conducted to discuss the positive impact that Dutch insurers can make in an international sector.

IRBC TruStone Initiative launched

TruStone Initiative | 13-05-2019

The Dutch and Flemish natural stone industry, the Dutch and Flemish governments, NGOs and trade unions have agreed to work together towards more responsible production and procurement of natural stone. The ‘IRBC TruStone Initiative’ came about after extensive discussions led by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands.

Clothing brands sign letter to Cambodia government after concerning developments

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 06-05-2019

Multiple clothing brands within the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile have signed a letter to the government of Cambodia to express their concerns regarding the labour and human rights situation in the garments and textile industry.

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement visits palm oil plantations in Indonesia

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement | 23-04-2019

Representatives of parties and adhering banks to the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement recently visited Indonesia as a part of their efforts to map the palm oil value chain. The main purpose of this visit was to get workers on the plantations, trade unions and banks at one table to discuss with the direct stakeholders how the right information from plantations and mills could reach the banks in the most efficient way.

Nine out of ten textile companies well on the way to meeting sustainability targets

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 15-04-2019

An assessment shows that 86% of brands participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) are well on the way to meeting the AGT targets. This is a conclusion of the annual report published by the parties to the AGT today. By gaining a clearer picture of conditions at a larger number of production sites and of the materials used by companies, and by analysing their own supply chain, companies took specific action in 2018 to change their operational management in a way that makes them better able to tackle abuses in their supply chain.

Companies attend workshop on water, energy and chemicals

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 11-04-2019

On Wednesday March 27th, signatories of the AGT attended a workshop on the key sustainability risks related to water, energy and chemicals in the garment and textile supply chain.