As part of the RBC Measures in Perspective project – which includes the evaluation and reform (if necessary) of the Dutch RBC policy – the Department of Foreign Affairs commissioned the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) to investigate and evaluate the RBC agreements. The report was finalised by the Institute on 30 June 2020 and delivered to the Dutch House of Representatives by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Minister) on 10 July 2020, in a memorandum to Parliament. Work on the general administration of the Child Labour Act has been postponed in anticipation of the outcome of KIT`s evaluation of the RBC agreements. In this blog, I will briefly discuss a number of relevant results of the evaluation and examine how they may have an impact on the details of the General Regulations. On October 16, the government made a decision on the contours of a new RBC policy. The basis of this policy is the introduction of an RBC exercise obligation. This should be decided preferably by the EU. The government is also taking additional steps to help and encourage businesses to better understand the impact of their activities (or those of your trading partners) on people and the environment abroad. This is reflected in the strategy document and the letter to the House of Representatives and the results of the political evaluation and studies carried out over the past few months. Some aspects of the evaluation of the RBC agreements were highlighted The purpose of KIT`s evaluation of the RBC agreements was to determine the extent to which they promote the application of diligence, in accordance with OECD and CNUP guidelines in high-risk areas. Indeed, because of this specific objective, which focuses on the effectiveness of agreements as a (government) instrument and which takes into account the effectiveness of the measures taken at the enterprise level as part of the due diligence process, the KIT report provides few concrete guidelines for companies to implement due diligence requirements. Nor is it known (yet) what elements of the report Parliament will consider in the development of the General Administrative Regulation under the Child Labour Due Diligence Act, or how these elements will be expressed. However, the evaluation results in a number of outcomes that should be discussed under the Child Labour Due Diligence Act.
This evaluation analyses the extent to which the Dutch Policy on International Corporate Social Responsibility (ICSR) has… Finally, KIT`s evaluation of the RBC agreements allowed the Dutch government to take a step forward in evaluating and possibly reforming its RBC policy. The RBC Strategy, expected to be presented in the fall of 2020, and the concrete development of the general regulation on this basis will demonstrate the role that the Child Labour Due Diligence Act will play in this regard and the final impact of this legislation. For businesses, the General Administrative Regulation (as well as any future EU legislation on the duty of care required in the area of human rights) will be particularly important for the development (or development) of their RBC policy (aimed at preventing child labour).