Update assessment framework inspires textile and garment sector and beyond

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has expanded its assessment framework with numerous links to due diligence tools, examples of companies and explanations of terms. The assessment framework describes how clothing and textile companies were assessed in the field of international responsible business conduct (IRBC). With this update, the document has become even more valuable for all companies within the sector and beyond.

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The assessment framework formed the basis for the annual assessment of companies by the secretariat of the agreement, which expired on December 31, 2021. It gives a practical interpretation to the OECD guidelines for international responsible business conduct (IRBC). In view of the impending due diligence legislation and the Corporate Social Responsibility Directive (CSRD), the assessment framework is also useful for clothing and textile companies that did not participate in the agreement and for companies from other sectors that want to get started with IRBC.

Alignment with OECD-guidelines

The written standards regarding responsible business conduct (RBC) of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile and their implementation are largely in line with the OECD Guidelines. This is apparent from an extensive analysis conducted out by the OECD.