Negotiating IRBC agreements in Metallurgic supply chain

Why do Dutch sectors initiate IRBC agreements?

In 2014 the advisory report on IRBC agreements was published, the SER (social and economic counsil) argued that economic sectors and businesses should take the initiative to conclude international responsible business conduct agreements with government, trade unions and NGOs. Sectors are following this advice. In many cases, such initiatives follow on logically from other activities meant to promote sustainability within the relevant sector’s value chain. What is unique about these agreements, however, is the broad coalition supporting them. Collective initiatives of this kind are expected to produce a much greater impact in the end.

Why is the Dutch government supporting the IRBC agreements?

The Dutch government is committed to promoting compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. It also has a duty to protect human rights. That duty goes beyond protection, however; it also involves preventing and combatting human rights abuses by other actors in society, including businesses. Government can take specific steps in this context by participating actively in IRBC agreements. Interest in responsible value chain management is growing worldwide, and the Dutch system of voluntary IRBC agreements has attracted attention in Europe and beyond.

The agreements are also an important tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015. National governments bear primary responsibility for achieving the SDGs. The relevant UN declaration also calls on the private sector to help achieve the UN’s ambitious agenda.

Bureau Wortel is honoured to have completed the negotiations in the IRBC for the Union CNV in the Metallurgic sector. The IRBC Metallurgical agreement was signed on 28th of May 2019, at this moment we are in the 5 year implementation phase of the agreement, as a consultant I conduct this implementation for CNV Internationaal.

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