International Responsible Business Conduct

The Dutch Metallurgy Industry Association VNMI is the trade association of Dutch producers of raw metals and metal alloys and semi-finished products. These are companies that release pure metals from metal ores and re-use collected recycling materials.

The VNMI, Century Aluminum Vlissingen, Climax Molybdenum, trade union federation CNV, E-MAX Aluminium Profielen,
Eurometaux, trade union federation FNV, Global March against Child Labour, Hunter Douglas Europe, IUCN Nederland, the Dutch Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation, the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Tata Steel
Netherlands, UNICEF Netherlands, Uzimet and Wuppermann Staal Nederland have jointly reached a covenant for International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC agreements). This covenant ‘International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector: Delivering Responsible Metals Supply Chains Together’ was signed on 23 May 2019.

IRBC agreements metallurgy industry

On the one hand VNMI wants to take its social responsibility and strengthen and expand existing efforts of the sector in the field of CSR. On the other hand, VNMI wants to reduce IRBC-related economic risks for the sector or create new opportunities. VNMI strives for synergy with, among other things, policy on Socially Responsible Procurement, scarce and conflict minerals, circular economy and innovation.

KPMG carried out an IRBC Sector Risk Analysis on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In it, the Dutch metal-electrical sector is labeled as ‘risky’ because negative effects on people, the environment and the economy can occur in the supply chains of this industry. For the Dutch Metallurgy Industry Association (VNMI), this led to exploring the possibilities for an IRBC covenant with the government and civil society organizations.

Delivering Responsible Metals Supply Chains Together

The agreement focuses on the long-term social and environmental effects in the metals sector in relation to the sourcing of raw materials and the procurement of services. Society increasingly expects companies to take responsibility for every aspect of their production and supply chains. This requires joining forces and cooperating with other stakeholders. A joint approach makes it possible to tackle abuses collectively. In addition to targeting issues within the Netherlands through the involvement of a Dutch industry association, this is the first such multistakeholder agreement to also have international backing thanks to the participation of a European industry association.

Here you can find the full press release about the covenant. More information about this topic can be found on the VNMI website: