International guidelines and Due Diligence
The collaboration under the IRBC agreement is pursuant to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), whereby the Parties’ intention is to make substantial progress, within a three-year period, towards improving the circumstances of those who may experience adverse impacts in connection with the floriculture sector.
The OECD guidelines and UNGPs agreements require companies to carry out risk-based due diligence to avoid and address adverse impacts on people and planet associated with their value chain. Due diligence is a central theme in the IRBC agreement. Each company participating in this Agreement will ensure a satisfactory due diligence process.
Connection with the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative
The IRBC Agreement for floriculture was signed in 2019, with the aim of promoting sustainability throughout the value chain whilst acknowledging the sector’s existing platforms and initiatives. As such, the IRBC Agreement for floriculture builds on the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI). The Agreement will support, complement and where possible accelerate the international floriculture agenda of the FSI.
IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative
Nada van Schouwenburg
Dutch Flower Group
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs