Dutch Agreement On Sustainable Garments And Textile
Dutch companies are required to avoid these risks under international guidelines and agreements such as the UN`s guidelines for the economy and human rights, the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises and the ILO`s core labour standards. According to OECD guidelines, for example, companies need to consider the extent to which they may be involved in violations of human rights, the environment or animal welfare. This is called due diligence. AMSTERDAM – More than 2.5 years before the end of the Sustainable Clothing and Textiles (AGT) agreement, 86% of the 92 textile and apparel companies that are part of the initiative are “on track” to meet their social and environmental goals for textile and clothing manufacturing. The results published today in AGT`s annual report indicate that the initiative now has a much clearer picture of textile production sites serving the Dutch market and more clarity on the materials used by these companies. In addition, the specific measures taken in 2018 are explained “in order to modify their operational management so as to be better able to combat abuses in their supply chains”. Many companies in the Netherlands have relocated their production, for example to Turkey or Bangladesh. The parties to this agreement aim to protect the human rights, health and safety of workers and more in these countries. Businesses and organizations signing the agreement are committed to combating discrimination, child labour and forced labour. They also pledge to support a sustainable wage, health and safety standards for workers and the right of independent unions to negotiate.
In addition, they will do everything in their power to reduce the negative effects of their activities on the environment, prevent animal abuse, reduce the amount of water, energy and chemicals they consume, and produce less chemical waste and wastewater. Launched in July 2016, the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Clothing and Textiles has a five-year term and aims to improve working conditions, prevent pollution and promote animal welfare in regions that supply textile and clothing products to the Dutch retail market through annual improvements. The survey shows that business reports are well below average. In particular, transparency at the plant level and risk management measures are seriously lacking. There is also a lack of dialogue with workers and a good complaint mechanism. Concrete measures to promote freedom of association and freedom of association – the two priorities of the CKT – are lacking. The study shows that voluntary agreements do not yield sufficient results and demonstrate the need for legal regulation. The aim is for at least 50% of the Dutch clothing and textile sector to support the agreement by 2018 and 80% by 2020. We intend to improve working conditions and/or wages in textile products, animal welfare and environmental protection.
More and more garments and textiles are being manufactured in safer and better quality conditions, and an increasing number of stores will be able to meet consumer demand for fair trade and sustainable products. The due diligence reports of the signatory companies are succinct C.A.G. Gerlon withdraws from the agreement on sustainable clothing and textiles. However, at present, only 8% of participants are fully compliant with the initiative, as indicated in the AGT evaluation. Participants in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Clothing and Textiles have launched a joint project to improve working conditions in the Tamil Nadu region of India. The aim is to address a number of societal issues, including discrimination and sex, child labour, forced labour, freedom of association, living wages and health and safety in the workplace.