Nyrstar, an internationally operating company in the metal sector, signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector on 26 October 2020
From 2016 to 2019, the number of unique production locations publicized by signatories of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), has more than doubled from 2,800 to 6,000. The locations can be found on the Open Apparel Registry (OAR): a global database of textile production locations. The growing number of production locations of AGT companies on the OAR, demonstrates their ongoing effort to increase supply chain transparency.
The Parties that concluded the International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector has published its first annual progress report.
Participants in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile are launching a collective project aimed at improving working conditions in India’s Tamil Nadu region. The aim is to tackle various social themes, including discrimination & gender, child labour, forced labour, freedom of association, living wage, and health & safety in the workplace. The project will run for three years.
Comprehensive legislation in the field of international responsible business conduct (RBC) and cooperation within sectors reinforce one another. Legislation to impose obligations combined with cooperation leads to the greatest impact within the supply chain to prevent and address risks to people and the environment. In both respects, this will require scaling up to ultimately the European level; ambitious efforts on the part of the Netherlands will help to achieve this.
Krommenhoek Metals has signed the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector. By signing the Agreement the company will strive for a more sustainable supply chain.
UNICEF, Terre des Hommes, and the Dutch Trade Union CNV participated in an online stakeholder consultation of the International Zinc Association (IZA), who invited the organizations to gather feedback on their SDG Zinc Sector Roadmap. This collaboration between IZA, as a supporting organisation of the International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector, and the NGOs marks the start of further dialogue on jointly maximizing contributions in reaching the SDGs in the zinc industry.
GoodWeave recently joined the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile as a supporting organisation. GoodWeave International is a leading nonprofit organisation working to end child labour in global supply chains while improving overall working conditions through a holistic, market and community-based system.
Mondiaal FNV and CNV Internationaal took the initiative for making the production chain more social and sustainable at the request of the Dutch clothing brands, united in the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile.
Sustainable public procurement of natural stone demands a process and cultural shift. This is evident from the interim report about pilot projects drawn up on behalf of the TruStone Initiative. The report provides a large number of recommendations on how contracting authorities can contribute to improvements for people and environmental conditions in supply chains.