Joined Forces

Parties in the Dutch food products sector have joined forces to ensure responsible business conduct in the international production chain. They signed the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for the Food Products Sector.

IDH is one of the signatories, and we are a knowledge partner in the working group to set the strategy on living wages. Stay tuned to find out more.

The Agreement

The IRBC Agreement is intended to foster cooperation throughout the entire food chain to minimize the risks of negative impacts such as human rights violations and damage to the environment, thereby working towards increased sustainability in the production chain. 

The IRBC Agreement for the Food Products Sector has been signed by a broad coalition made up of sector organisations the Dutch Retail Organisation (CBL), Federation of the Dutch Grocery and Food Industry (FNLI) and the Royal Dutch Spice Association (KNVS), trade unions FNV and CNV, the Ministers of Foreign Trade and Development and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (the Netherlands), the civil society organisations ICCO, Woord en Daad, Global March Against Child Labour, and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative. Solidaridad has also expressed its support. The negotiations for the Agreement were facilitated by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER).

More on the agreement here.

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