Signatory companies’ due diligence reporting comes up short

The Dutch Clean Clothes Campaign and SOMO have investigated the reporting of 34 of the 55 companies that signed the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (CKT). They looked at how the companies report on corporate accountability in international supply chains.

The organisations examined whether companies report on the abuses in their supply chains and whether they present a concrete plan for dealing with them. They also investigated whether companies properly involve workers in identifying, monitoring and resolving abuses at the factory level. Finally, the report looked at the complaint mechanisms that companies make available.

The research shows that the companies’ reporting is severely substandard. In particular, transparency at factory level and measures to address risks are seriously lacking. Dialogue with workers and a good complaint mechanism are also absent. Concrete actions to promote freedom of association and living wages – both priorities of the CKT – are missing. The study shows that voluntary agreements do not yield sufficient results and demonstrates the need for legal regulation.

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