Your phone, jacket, laptop, fridge and your drink at lunch… they are all products made of raw materials from all over the world. Impressive, but at the same time, these value chains continue to be fraught with human rights violations, poor working conditions, and environmental pollution.
Dutch companies contribute to international development and addressing major issues of our time, such as poverty, injustice, and climate change. Unfortunately, companies are also often directly and indirectly negatively impact people and the environment in their value chains.
This problem is not being taken seriously enough and enforcement is lacking. To tackle the problem, we need more than voluntary initiatives and partnerships. As a coalition of companies, academics, civil society organisations and trade unions, we are in favour of legislation that ensures that companies tackle violations of human rights and the environment in their value chains.