Companies that participate in the international RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector have made progress in the second year despite COVID-19 restrictions. This can be read in the annual report 2020-2021 of the agreement. For example, more companies are making use of the due diligence tools and international RBC is increasingly being incorporated into policy and management systems. The agreement also welcomed five new participants last year.
Prof. dr. Tineke Lambooy is the new chairperson of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. In the agreement, metal companies, NGOs, trade unions and the government work together to tackle and prevent abuses in the field of human rights and the environment in the metal chains.
The participants in the negotiations process for an international responsible business conduct (RBC) agreement for the renewable energy sector were present at the 2021 RenewableUK event in London. In a side-event organised with the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom, the theme of human rights and environmental impacts of renewable energy value chains was discussed with companies active in the sector.
Companies participating in the Responsible Gold Agreement have become more transparent about their supply chains. This has become evident in the 2020-2021 annual report on the agreement, the first in which all participating companies have reported on their activities. A significant number of companies have also disclosed the refiners from which they procure gold.
The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) has advised the Dutch government on how to shape EU legislation on international Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). A European approach should focus on improving the conditions for people and the environment across supply chains. To have maximum impact on international supply chains outside the EU, the legislation should incentivise European cooperation at sector level.
Van Peperzeel, collector of old batteries, accumulators and metals, has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing this agreement, the company aims to make a maximum and responsible contribution to the circular economy.
On 29-30 September the annual conference of RenewableUK, Global Offshore Wind, is scheduled to take place in London. The parties of the process for an international RBC agreement for the renewable energy sector are organising a side event at the venue, in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy.
Raak Metals Groep, specialist in metal recycling, has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing this agreement, the company aims to contribute to the responsible collection and processing of scrap metals.
Modint has taken the initiative within the Agreement on Sustainable Garment and Textile to capture all combined knowledge of businesses and experts in two tools for companies.
The solar sector has joined the process for the development of an international RBC Agreement for the Renewable Energy Sector. Holland Solar and Vereniging Eigen Huis are now official participants. Previously, the initiative primarily consisted of actors active in the wind energy industry.