Join the Initiative for Sustainable and Responsible Business Conduct (IDVO)

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.

Did you know…

  • Nearly 50 million people are victims of modern slavery?
Currently, around 150 million children work illegally?
  • Workers in 107 countries are not allowed to form or join a trade union, and the number of countries is increasing year after year?
  • Having a job does not guarantee a decent income: 13% of workers live in poverty and even 8% in extreme poverty?
  • The vast majority of low-paid, low-skilled workers in international chains are women, especially in export-oriented manufacturing?
  • About 100 companies have caused 71% of all climate damage in the past 30 years?

Who are we?

We are a coalition of businesses, academics, religious organisations, trade unions and civil society organisations. Together we want to ensure that human rights and the environment are respected throughout the value chains of companies. We are in favour of a legal framework in the Netherlands, as part of a smart mix of measures for responsible business conduct.

We advocate a law that sets clear rules for business. Companies must take responsibility for the conditions in their value chains. Transparency and cooperation are important elements of these new rules.

Source: OECD

“Companies need to take their responsibility and be held accountable for the impact that they make, both the positive and the negative.
While many have started doing so, we are still a long way out from the level of good business practices needed. Legislation will speed up that process and ensure we’ll take better care of our planet.”

“We want to work together towards a better world”

“Businesses hold the responsibility to protect, respect and empower their supply chain partners. It is time for transparency and equality in supply chains to be the new normal.”

“Legislation is the next step and not only essential but crucial for humanity to operate within the norm and to set boundaries with respect to human and nature. It’s about time we all take our responsibility and that we are held accountable for it!”

“The biggest problem in unsustainable business is that extracted value is not being put on the P&L. We need ambitious leadership, good due diligence and sharp regulations to change all that. I would say rapidly please.”

What do we do?


We do this by convincing political parties and the Dutch government to adopt legislation on responsible business conduct for all companies. The ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, PvdA and SP have submitted an initiative memorandum on this subject, which we support. These can be found here.

Learning & co-creating together

We will organize informative webinars with the coalition to better understand what legislation entails and how we could apply it in practice.

Local Actions

Together with companies, academics, civil society, trade unions and religious organisations, we will organise campaign activities to ensure that our solution becomes a reality.

How to join us?

If you would like to join this initiative, please fill out the form, or email Manon of the MVO Platform.