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Pension Funds | 20 December 2018

Pension funds sign up to cooperate on sustainable investment

Dutch pension funds are entering into cooperation with NGOs, trade unions and government on sustainable investment. Today, they are signing the Agreement on International Responsible Investment for the Pensions Sector[Convenant Internationaal Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Beleggen Pensioenfondsen].

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Banking | 10 December 2018

Learning session on ‘shrinking civic freedoms and the position of human rights defenders (HRDs)’

On 16 November 2018, a learning session on shrinking civic freedoms and the position of human rights defenders (HRDs) was held at the Dutch development bank FMO.

Banking | 07 December 2018

Parties agreement participate in UN Forum

Parties to the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement participated in the annual UN Forum in November. This Forum on business and human rights took place in Geneva, to which representatives of states and businesses attended.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

14 November 2018

Much interest in IRBC agreements at Brussels conference

How can multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Dutch IRBC agreements contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals? That was the question addressed during the conference ‘SDGs and Initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains’ in Brussels.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Banking | 07 November 2018

Stakeholders informed about progress of banking sector agreement

On Friday 2 November 2018 the stakeholder meeting of the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement took place.

Insurance sector | 01 November 2018

Masterclass for insurers on implementing sustainable investing

On October 30 the Dutch Association of Insurers organised a masterclass on sustainable investing in collaboration with the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO).

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments 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.

23 October 2018

Dutch MPs updated on multi-stakeholder IRBC Agreements

On Friday 19 October, Dutch MPs visited the head office of retail chain HEMA to learn more about multi-stakeholder agreements focusing on international responsible business conduct (IRBC).

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.'

Garments Textile | 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.

Banking | 09 August 2018

Dutch Banking Sector Agreement partners publish annual report with new analysis of cocoa sector

The coalition that concluded the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct Regarding Human Rights has published its first annual report.

Banking | 09 August 2018

Invitation to contribute to palm oil analysis

Parties and banks within the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement have been working on an analysis of the palm oil value chain. Their first findings [LINK] are now shared in a public consultation version, to enable external stakeholders with palm oil expertise to contribute to the analysis.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Garments Textile | 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.

Insurance sector | 05 July 2018

Insurance sector agrees commitments on responsible investing

Today, the insurance sector, civil-society organisations, trade unions, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Finance, signed the IRBC Insurance Sector Agreement.

Garments Textile | 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.

Food Products Sector | 29 June 2018

Food products sector boosts sustainability in production chain

The parties in the Dutch food products sector are joining forces to ensure responsible business conduct in the international production chain.

Garments Textile | 28 June 2018

Sandwich signs Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has been signed by Sandwich. Sandwich is an international fashion brand with more than 2,200 shops worldwide.

Garments Textile | 25 June 2018

Greater concern for animal welfare in the clothing and textile sector

There is increasing concern among companies, public authorities, consumers and civil-society organisations for the welfare of animals in the clothing and textile sector. Nevertheless, economic interests often outweigh those of animals.

Garments Textile | 15 June 2018

German and Dutch garment and textile agreements feature in Brussels

Can problems in the garment and textile industry be tackled at European level? That was the main question addressed during the 4th of June meeting in Brussels on ‘Promoting responsible business conduct and due diligence in the EU textile and garment sector’.

Garments Textile | 08 June 2018

Zeeman opens up about problems in garment factories

Netherlands-based European clothing chain Zeeman has observed problems at a number of their production sites. Zeeman has disclosed and shared this information in public on their own account, which is a first for the company.

Garments Textile | 15 May 2018

New campaign Solidaridad aims to educate consumers on challenges textile industry

Solidaridad and Sympany have launched a new campaign #Modebewust - literally, fashion-conscious. The campaign draws attention to the challenges which still prevail in the worldwide textile industry.

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