Netherlands: Jewellers, technology firms, govt., labour & environmental groups sign agreement to improve human rights & environmental impacts in gold value chains

Author: Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) , Published on: 3 July 2017

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International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for responsible gold value chain signed: Know, Show and Improve

Today, electronics manufacturers and jewellery makers, gold recycling firms, civil society organisations and the Dutch government signed the Dutch Gold Sector International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement. Their aim is to ensure greater respect for human rights, the environment and biodiversity throughout the chain, from mining to recycling. The first project under the agreement, to combat child labour in Uganda, is under development... Industry organisations such as the Dutch gold and silver federation (Federatie Goud en Zilver, FGZ) and the Dutch guild of goldsmiths (Nederlands Gilde van Goudsmeden, NGG) will be drafting a code of conduct within six months...[to improve supply chain] transparency... Fairphone, Philips, Solidaridad, Stop Child Labour, UNICEF and Fairtrade are developing a project to combat child labour in small mines... Closing the Loop is working in Africa on a good collection system for mobile phones to support responsible gold recycling there. [Other signers: Lucardi (chain of jewellers), Bijou Moderne, Peter Bruining and House of Eléonore (traders and producers), Schöne and Cookson Drijfhout (major suppliers), Sims Recycling Solutions, FNV trade union federation, IUCN NL (environmental NGO).]

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Related companies: Fairphone Royal Philips Electronics