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Agreement for the Food Products Sector

The food products sector (food product industry and supermarkts) contribute greatly to the Dutch economy. The secor facilitates jobs for 435.000 persons and has a total revenue of around 101 bilion euro. Many food products or ingredients, which are available in Dutch shops, are produced outside the Netherlands.

Worldwide the food products sector is a big industry with a high risk on childlabour, unsafe workenvironments, excessive use of pesticides, crowding out small farms and unfair prices. Often those problems are so complex, a single company can not change anything about this. Therefore, a broad coalition of stakeholders have signed this agreement to take steps to stop human rights violations in the food products value chains.

  • Start: The 29th of June 2018 
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Stakeholders: Initially 11 parties and 1 supporter. Take a look at the current list 
  • Secretary:  The Social Economic Council (SER)
  • Main goals CNV: Participation in the steering committee and participation in the working group living wages; sharing knowledge with local network on IRBC-riskmanagement
Check out the factsheet of the Dutch Agreement on the Foods Products SectorMore information on the Dutch IRBC Agreements

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