Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / IRBC targets 80% of Dutch textile businesses by 2021
IRBC targets 80% of Dutch textile businesses by 2021
Aug '17
Courtesy: IRBC
Courtesy: IRBC
The Dutch Government and several industry organisations, trade unions and NGOs concluded an agreement in July 2016 on International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) in the garments and textile sector to fight discrimination, child labour and forced labour, to reduce the negative impact of their activities on the environment and to prevent animal abuse.

Sixty-four business establishments representing about 80 different clothing and textile brands have signed the agreement so far, representing more than 35 per cent of all textile business units in the Netherlands. The aim is to make 80 per cent of all businesses in this sector in the country to sign by 2021, according to the IRBC website. The agreement will remain in effect for a five-year period.

The participating business entities seek to reduce the amount of water, energy and chemicals they use and produce less chemical waste and waste water. For the first time ever, businesses as a group will state which factories produce their clothing.

The trade unions and NGOs involved will support with their expertise and networks and will involve their local partners in implementing the programmes. An independent disputes committee has been appointed with the power to issue binding rulings.

Facilitated by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), the agreement addresses issues that cannot be resolved by one business acting alone and focuses on collective projects and cooperation, increasing the chances of success.

The agreement represents the Dutch approach to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises promoting international responsible business conduct. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

May 31 deadline for registration of chemicals under REACH

Textiles | On 23rd May 2018

May 31 deadline for registration of chemicals under REACH

May 31 is the final deadline for companies to register all chemicals...

IOC, MCPI to set up ₹1000 cr PSF unit in Odisha

Textiles | On 23rd May 2018

IOC, MCPI to set up ₹1000 cr PSF unit in Odisha

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has teamed up with Materials Chemicals...

Pakistan's textile exports up 8.13% in July-April FY18

Textiles | On 23rd May 2018

Pakistan's textile exports up 8.13% in July-April FY18

The value of textile and garment exports from Pakistan increased by...

Interviews View All

Sanjay Desai & Ashish Mulani
True Colors

Digital textile printing will be the technology of the future

Indian textile value chain

'One nation, one tax' is a great concept

Top executives
Textile industry

The foremost issue is bridging the skill gap

Harsh Shah

Fynd is the central online shopping destination for fashion, offering...

Kalai Selvi

Vidyashilp Academy in Bengaluru is the country's first Fairtrade School....

Harsh Shah

Established in 1956 with a small beginning, Embee today manufactures a...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir

<b>Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir</b> started their career with the launch of...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Akta Adani
India Boulevard

India Boulevard is a San Francisco-based curated fashion marketplace that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

May 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search