News

27 June 2019

Seminar ‘beyond auditing’ takes brands towards systemic change

Early this month we had the opportunity to present the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) at the seminar ‘beyond auditing’, organised by the German Textilbündnis.

17 June 2019

Independent committee on Garments and Textile Agreement issues first rulings on companies

The independent Complaints and Disputes Committee for the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has issued its first rulings in two separate disputes.

06 May 2019

Clothing brands sign letter to Cambodia government after concerning developments

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.

15 April 2019

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

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.

11 April 2019

Companies attend workshop on water, energy and chemicals

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.

11 April 2019

Clothing companies voice support for the Bangladesh Accord

A number of clothing companies that signed the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, are actively speaking out in favor of preserving the Bangladesh Accord.

02 April 2019

Report on Asia deepens understanding of risks

The Leiden Asia Centre (LAC) today published a research report entitled ‘Tightening Belts: Two Regional Case Studies on Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia’.

14 March 2019

Emma Safety Footwear has signed the Agreement on Garments and Textile

Emma is the first footwear company that signed the Agreement on Garments and Textile. The Dutch company produces safety footwear for different industries.

14 March 2019

Companies learn more about labour condition risks in Turkey and responsible sourcing

Today the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile in cooperation with Fair Wear Foundation hosts a learning seminar: ‘Sourcing responsibly in Turkey. How to due diligence?’ for garment brands sourcing from Turkey.

01 March 2019

Dibella signs the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

Textile company Dibella signs via ‘associate membership’ the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The company is already a participant of the German Textilbündnis and develops flat linen for textile companies.

18 February 2019

International Women’s Day: Workshop on gender

On 8 March, parties in association with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile will host a workshop on gender in the garment supply chain. The workshop is followed by a celebration for International Women’s Day.

14 February 2019

Workshop on prioritizing risks at OECD conference

How can companies take a better risk-based approach to do due diligence? On February 14, the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile and organizes a practical working session.

05 February 2019

Companies help companies at workshops living wage

On 5 February, a series of workshops on the subject of living wage start. The workshops aim to support companies in the social dialogue with their suppliers and improving their buying practices as a part of their due diligence.

04 February 2019

Seminar on responsible sourcing in Turkey on March 14

Many companies in the Netherlands outsource their production to Turkey. How can companies make responsible purchases and how to do due diligence?

10 January 2019

Kuyichi signs Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

The Dutch clothing brand was founded in 2001 and is known for their denim. Kuyichi is the 92nd clothing label to have signed the agreement.

18 December 2018

Due Diligence Tool shows risks in the supply chain

Together with parties and supporters of the Agreement Sustainable Garments and Textile, Modint has developed a Due Diligence Tool.

18 December 2018

Workshop Animal Welfare

Four Paws and Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality organized an Animal Welfare workshop for parties in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile on the 26th of November.

17 December 2018

Participants in joint project against child labour visit India and Bangladesh

Companies and NGOs participating in the joint project ‘Remedies towards a Better Workplace’ have visited the South Indian region of Tamil Nadu and the Dhaka district in central Bangladesh.

29 November 2018

Buying Practices Workshop

On November 23, the workshop ‘Due diligence in your purchasing practices’ was held about how price quotation, terms of payment & forecasting can be done in a sustainable way.

26 November 2018

Agreement sends joint letter to Bangladeshi government

The Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh about improving and insuring worker safety in the Bangladeshi garment sector.

16 November 2018

Seminar on Sustainable Sourcing

On 13 November, the ‘Sustainable Sourcing Seminar’ was held at Modint. During the seminar, various NGOs, trade unions and social initiatives briefly set out their expertise and explained what significance they could have for clothing companies, in the textile-producing countries as well as in the Netherlands.

15 November 2018

Collective project on living wage started

The theme ‘living wage’ is addressed specifically in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The Parties that drew up the Agreement together regard a living wage and social dialogue as essential themes.

08 November 2018

New signatory to Garments and Textile Agreement: Ducky Dons

Ducky Dons Nederland B.V. has signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The Dutch company focuses on sleeping comfort with their own production line. Ducky Dons sells duvets and pillows.

08 November 2018

Fabienne Chapot signs Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has acquired a new signatory: Fabienne Chapot (Fab B.V.). Fabienne Chapot is a Dutch fashion brand for women and is known for their colourful collection with all over prints.

07 November 2018

Companies, CSOs, unions and government in dialogue about impact

On November 6 the event ‘AGT’s Next Steps, towards increased impact in supply chains’ took place. The main objective of the day was the exchange of experiences and knowledge. Over a hundred participants to the Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile joined the event.

01 November 2018

Minister Kaag visits Zeeman about agreement

Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation visited Zeeman to discuss how they work on the Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile.

30 October 2018

Member of Parliament Alkaya (SP) visits Bijenkorf

Mahir Alkaya, member of Parliament for the SP, visited the Bijenkorf to get an insight to their commitment to the Dutch Agreement on sustainable garments and textile and their efforts to work towards a more sustainable value chain.

19 October 2018

Situation Bangladesh Accord has Agreement's attention

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh recently ruled that the office of the Bangladesh Accord must cease operating in Bangladesh after 30 November.

19 October 2018

Event on fair fashion during Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week

A growing movement of consious fashion labels, consumers and designers are putting fashion in the spotlight and creating new initiatives that show how things can be improved.

18 October 2018

Marlies Dekkers signs Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

By signing the agreement, the company will commit to work towards a sustainable production chain.

08 October 2018

Micro Verkoop B.V. signs agreement

Micro Verkoop B.V. signed the agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The company produces menswear collections for many retailers and department stores in Europe. The company is known for the labels Profuomo and Michaelis. In their aim to develop products that are sustainable for everyone involved in the manufacturing process, the company now signs the agreement.

05 October 2018

Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week (DSFW)

The fifth edition of the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week will take place from 5 till 14 October. This year will be all about circular fashion and recycling.

21 September 2018

Conference SDGs and Initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the SER organise the conference ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains’ in Brussels on 30 October 2018.

17 September 2018

Unions warn of rising inequality

The vast majority of the world’s people are still waiting for increased job security, higher wages and access to universal social protection. Unions warned about this rising inequality at the G20 Labour Ministers meeting in Argentina in September.

17 September 2018

Member of Parliament visits Schijvens

Jessica van Eijs is a member of the Dutch Parliament. Recently she visited textile producing company Schijvens to get informed about circular production.

12 September 2018

Politicians swap hats for a more sustainable garment sector

Solidaridad, party to the agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile, organized an event to swap hats in anticipation to ‘Prinsjesdag.'

21 August 2018

Unions develop tool about freedom of association

Unions have developed a tool with questions for buyers in the garment and textile sector. With this questionnaire they can start the conversation about freedom of association and working conditions in factories.

07 August 2018

The Cookie Company signs agreement

The Cookie Company signed the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. The Cookie Company is an international company that designs and makes clothing and accessories for large retailers, like Kruidvat, Action and Intertoys.

30 July 2018

Company Alsico NV first associate member German Textilbündnis

Textile company Alsico NV is the first participating company of the Dutch Argeement on Sustainable Garments and Textile that signed the ‘associate membership’ with the German Textilbündnis.

23 July 2018

Next year companies will be more transparent about risks and actions

From next year onwards, the participating companies to the agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile will publish individually what the greatest risks are in factories where they produce, together with their policy for dealing with these risks.

20 July 2018

Agreement sends letter to Bangladeshi government about minimum wage

Parties of the agreement have sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to support an increase of the minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment workers.

12 July 2018

Investors support investments in sustainable garment sector

A large number of investors are signing a statement supporting the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

04 July 2018

Textile sector gives greater insight into production chain

The new production site list shows the 4,267 sites where participating companies produced goods in the past year.

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