The agreement on the promotion of sustainable forestry defines what the government has agreed with timber companies, professional organizations, civil society organisations and trade unions. One of its objectives is to ensure that all coniferous wood sold in the Netherlands in 2020 is produced in a sustainable manner. Other agreements include research on the relationship between Dutch certification of sustainable wood and CSR guidelines, as well as efforts to increase demand for wood, which can be considered sustainable. Sustainably managed forests contribute to local economic development and contribute to the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity. The food sector agreement defines what Dutch food companies have agreed with civil society organisations, trade unions and governments. Professional organizations in the sector are committed to ensuring that all of their members recognize and take into account the risks mentioned. The parties announced their intention to launch joint projects on wage and climate issues in the first year. Since 2014, the Dutch government has been actively engaged in the development of semi-voluntary sectoral agreements on the risk management of good international governance. The following section provides an overview of these initiatives. On 9 March 2016, a coalition of industrial organisations, trade unions, civil society organisations and the Dutch government presented an agreement on good international governance in the clothing and textile sector. Particular emphasis is placed on working conditions, including the fight against discrimination, child labour and forced labour, as well as support for the bargaining rights of independent trade unions, a sustainable wage and health and safety standards for workers and to minimize the negative effects of activities on the environment.
The Business – Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical time in its development. Our digital platform contains a wealth of information on the economy and human rights, but it has not been updated visually in recent years. ITA encourages its members, associate members and contacts to support and support our efforts to improve responsible metal supply chains. Trade associations in the insurance sector, civil society organisations, trade unions and the Dutch government have signed the agreement on responsible international investments in the insurance sector. This agreement helps to improve understanding of the international supply chain, thereby preventing and combating human rights violations, environmental abuses and animal suffering. Insurers are expected to conduct an effective risk assessment and, if necessary, adjust their policies accordingly. See the agreement on international investments in the insurance sector on the SER website. On 10 July 2020, Dutch Minister Sigrid Kaag presented to Parliament an evaluation study of the KIT Royal Tropical Institute on the Dutch Agreements on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). The objective of this evaluation is to gain an overview of the extent to which RBC agreements are advancing due diligence, in line with OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises and undac lumber and UN guidelines for business and human rights (CNUP) in high-risk Dutch sectors, such as labour environment, corruption or human rights.
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