One Year Later: The Dutch Garment and Textiles Agreement

18-07-2017

In early July, 75 businesses and representative organisations including FTA and over 20 of its members met one year after signing the Dutch agreement on sustainable garments and textiles. Together, they represent approximately 35% of the total annual turnover in the Netherlands from clothing sales.

At the meeting, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) published for the first time an aggregated list of signatories' production locations, as part of a larger effort to encourage more transparency in global supply chains. Almost 3,000 locations, mostly in China, Turkey and India, were disclosed. BSCI participant, WE Fashion presented this list to Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; and Mariëtte Hamer, SER Chair on behalf of the other signatories. Dutch NCG Coordinator, Norma Wouters-Snell also attended this meeting serving as a representative for FTA.

Through a multi-stakeholder approach based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the agreement upholds responsible business conduct and aims to improve the sustainability of global garment supply chains. Partners of the agreement have now submitted their business action plans to set their annual targets. This agreement will be in effect for the next five years.

Although currently only a Dutch initiative, participating actors plan to coordinate with initiatives with other countries, setting an example for broader collaboration across Europe.

Contact: Norma Wouters-Snell, Dutch FTA Sustainability NCG Coordinator

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