India Committee of the Netherlands
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Feb 16, 2017:
10,000 signatures for living wage handed over to Minister Ploumen: Consumer fed up with starvation wages in garment industry (press release CCC/ICN):
Thousands of Dutch consumers want Minister Ploumen [of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation] to provide a living wage for garment workers. Through a petition of Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands 10,734 Dutch people call on Ploumen to do so.
Feb 16, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on clothing brands that contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropout in Bangladesh
Feb 8, 2017:
Child Labour Due Diligence Law for companies adopted by Dutch Parliament (ICN)
On February 7, 2017 the Child Labour Due Diligence Law [‘Wet Zorgplicht Kinderarbeid’], initiated by member Van Laar (Labour Party), was adopted by the Dutch Parliament, with 82 votes (of 150 MPs) in favour. The parties CDA (Christian Democrats), VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) and PVV (Party for Freedom) voted against. The law requires companies to examine whether child labour occurs in their production chain. If that is the case they should develop a plan of action to combat child labour and draw up a declaration about their investigation and plan of action. That statement will be recorded in a public register by a yet to be designated public authority.
Jan 31, 2017:
Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on clothing brands that contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropout in Bangladesh
Jan 25, 2017:
Motion members Servaes (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
requesting the government to prepare 'legislation aimed at combating forced labour and modern slavery'
Jan 25, 2017:
Motion members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) en Servaes (Labour Party)
on the relationship of low wages, child labour and school dropouts in the garment industry of Bangladesh, in response to the report Branded Childhood
Jan 18, 2017:
Written questions European Parliament :
on Slavery in Indian factories
Jan 16, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party) :
(subm. Dec 28, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Dec 28, 2016:
Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Nov 7, 2016:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by the member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
(subm. Oct 11, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on abuses at Indian tea plantations
Oct 26, 2016:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Grashoff (GreenLeft) :
(subm. Oct 5, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on starvation wages and extremely poor working conditions at Indian suppliers to Dutch clothing brands
Oct 26, 2016:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Oct 3, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exploitation of Indian workers by Dutch garment companies
Sep 29, 2016:
Answers to Parliamentary questions by Member Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) :
(subm. Sep 29, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the fact that Dutch companies are having garments produced in India below the minimum wage
Oct 11, 2016:
Parliamentary questions by the member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on abuses at Indian tea plantations
Oct 5, 2016:
Parliamentary questions by the members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Grashoff (GreenLeft) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on starvation wages and extremely poor working conditions at Indian suppliers to Dutch clothing brands
Oct 3, 2016:
Parliamentary questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the exploitation of Indian workers by Dutch garment companies
Sep 29, 2016:
Parliamentary questions by Member Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the fact that Dutch companies are having garments produced in India below the minimum wage
Sep 30, 2016:
Public Procurement and Human Rights in the Netherlands: the case of natural stone (International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights):
Sandstone and granite are used for paving public spaces like streets and squares and for tiling walls and floors in public buildings like office blocks, train stations and airports. This makes public authorities important consumers of natural stone. Despite sustainable procurement policies, governments often opt for the cheapest stone, not taking into account human rights and environmental impacts in production countries.
May 25, 2016:
SDGs: are we Ready for Change? (Partos):
According to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should focus on the ‘poorest of the poor’ and assessments of the impact of all new policy measures on the SDGs should be undertaken. These are but a few of the take-aways of the Ready for Change? conference, which was held on 19 May 2016 in Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. After the presentation of the Ready for Change? publication, the implementation of the goals was discussed by an expert panel. Eight different SDG themes were tackled during the afternoon workshop programme, after which the conference was closed by an interview on the political dimension of the SDGs.
May 23, 2016:
Come into action now or new legislation will be introduced (Stop Child Labour):
"I would prefer to support and facilitate, but I am not afraid to introduce new legislation."
These are the words of Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen. She gave a speech in Brussels on 25 April 2016 at the EU High-level Conference on Responsible Management of the Supply Chain in the Garment Sector. She is referring to the collective and voluntary Covenant for Textile and Clothing. This is a Dutch initiative to improve the entire sector. This Covenant was agreed upon in March 2016 by garment sector organisations, trade unions, the national government and civil society organisations, including Stop Child Labour and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN).
Dec 18, 2015:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
(subm. Nov 26, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on child labour and low wages in Dutch and in the Netherlands operating seed companies active in India
Sep 11, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Jul 29, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation about half a million children working in the cotton seed production
Jun 4, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. May 19, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
May 19, 2015:
Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
May 4, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van der Staaij (Political Reformed Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Apr 20, 2015) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on modern slavery and child labour in the garment industry in India
Aug 8, 2013:
Dutch Minister Ploumen: Eradicate child labour and low wages in Indian seed sector 'as soon as possible' (Stop Child Labour):
The Dutch government wants child labour and low wages in the seed production in India "to be eliminated as soon as possible". That is what Dutch Minister Ploumen of Trade and Development Co-operation answered in response to parliamentary questions from Members of Parliament ChristianUnion, Party for the Animals, Socialist Party and 50Plus. She made an agreement on that with the Dutch seed companies Bejo Seeds and Nunhems, as well as with trade association Plantum. The India Committee of the Netherlands and the Stop Child Labour campaign welcome this agreement. Minister Ploumen will visit India beginning of September. CSR will be an important part of her mission.
May 9, 2012:
Motion passed in Dutch Parliament on full supply chain transparency in India's garment industry, following report highlighting Dalits in bonded labour (IDSN):
A Motion in the Dutch Parliament on full supply chain transparency in the garment industry in India has been adopted in the wake of the report Maid in India by SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands.
Jun 24, 2011:
Exploitation in Indian clothing industry: Politicians and the business community see the need to tackle the clothing industry (SOMO):
The report 'Captured by Cotton' by SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) was recently published, looking at South Indian girls and young women who are making our clothing in wretched conditions. This evoked responses from businesses and politicians, and was given a great deal of media coverage. For example, Ferrier (Member of Parliament, CDA) asked Minister Bleker what he was going to do about it. Bleker promised to address the issue during his trade mission to India, and to initiate discussions with C&A. The Fair Wear Foundation and the Dutch textile sector expressed their intention to tackle, and continue to tackle, this situation. Furthermore, various companies have acknowledged the issue and are working together with interested parties on an improvement plan. SOMO and LIW will be following up on concrete developments in this area.



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Motion Dutch Parliament on full supply-chain transparency and the eradication of child labour in the textile chain (April 25, 2012).

Child Labour, Trade Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility: What the European Union should do (June 2008).

The ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility: Developing the future ISO SR 26000 Standard: briefing paper (March 2007).

Bridging Worlds: report of a seminar organised by HOM for Business, Government representatives and NGOs to discuss the gap between the worlds of profit and human rights (Dec 7, 2006).

CLICK HERE for more information on CHILD LABOUR IN THE INDIAN COTTONSEED INDUSTRY EU-India Resolution (May 31, 2006).

Letter NGOs (May 18, 2006) to UN Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, and answer to this letter (May 22, 2006).

Answers European Commission (January 31, 2006) to questions Van den Berg (PvdA) on multinationals and child slavery (November 28, 2005).

The Ambedkar Principles: Employment and additional principles on economic and social exclusion formulated to assist all foreign investors in South Asia to address caste discrimination (January 1, 2006).

Answers to Questions of members Dutch parliament about the violation of the rights of adults and children by multinationals (November 3, 2005).

Letter of ABN AMRO to India Committee of the Netherlands concerning the engagement between ABN AMRO and mining corporation Vedanta (August 1, 2005).

Letter of India Committee of the Netherlands to ABN AMRO concerning the engagement between ABN AMRO and mining corporation Vedanta (January 21, 2005).

Reservations for Dalits as CSR? (OneWorld South Asia, November 2004).

A call for globally accountable business: recommendations from southern representatives to the EU for globally accountable business (CSR Worldwide Week, 3 - 10 November, 2004).

The EU Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Maastricht, 9 November 2004: speech by C.E.G. van Gennip, Minister for Foreign Trade.

Manifesto 'Principled Profits' - Guidelines for responsible business behaviour: During the Spring of 2001, the Dutch government and parliament will discuss the public responsibility of Dutch companies. This manifesto addresses the issue of responsible business behaviour by Dutch companies outside the Netherlands. It reflects the views of non-governmental organisations promoting sustainable development and defending worker rights and human rights.

Report of the international IRENE seminar on corporate liability and workers' rights held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, 20 and 21 March 2000: 'Controlling Corporate Wrongs: The Liability of Multinational Corporations - Legal possibilities, initiatives and strategies for civil society'.

Contribution to a seminar in New Delhi (November 1995) on social clause in trade agreements: 'The social clause as a global bottom-line'.