Organisation

1. Steering Committee

After the agreement was signed on 4 July 2016, the parties set up a steering committee to head the implementation process. The steering committee members represent the signatories to the agreement. The committee is chaired by an independent chairperson, who receives assistance from the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile Secretariat (AGT Secretariat). The AGT secretariat has its offices in the SER building. The steering committee meets four to six times a year. Its members are: 

Independent chair: Pierre Hupperts

Members: 

Government of the Netherlands: 
- Mariëlle van der Linden (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Kees Veerman (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment)
Industry associations: 
- Jeroen van Dijken (VGT)
- Nienke Steen (Modint)
- Femke den Hartog (INretail)
Trade unions:
- Jacob Plat (FNV)
- Nicole Engmann-van Eijbergen (CNV)
NGOs: 
- Gerard Oonk (India Committee of the Netherlands)
- Lonneke Bakker (Four Paws)
- Tamar Hoek (Solidaridad)
Company representatives: 
- Marijke Willemsen (WE Europe B.V.)
- René Mulder (Varova Fashion)
- Schirley Schijvens (Schijvens Corporate Fashion) 


2. Secretariat hosted by the SER

A specialised secretariat helps to implement the agreement. This secretariat is hosted by the SER in The Hague. The SER also facilitated the negotiations that eventually led to the agreement. 

Secretariat assists the steering committee with its tasks. It also advises and assists the participating businesses with the activities that they are obliged to undertake under the terms of the agreement. These include due diligence and drafting an action plan to improve the supply chain. The secretariat is further responsible for assessing the action plans and for proposing collective activities.


3. Funding

The National Government of the Netherlands has made funds available to support the agreement. The funds will be drawn from the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be available for two years. Also the SER is contributing 20% of the nescecerry funding. The funds will be used to support implementation. The agreement stipulates that the garments and textile sector will cooperate with the government on developing proposals for long-term funding.  


4. Complaints and disputes

An independent complaints and disputes committee will be established. The committee will adopt its own procedures, in line with the provisions of the agreement. If direct dialogue does not produce hoped-for results, the committee may rule on a dispute between the parties to the agreement or on a complaint submitted by a party adversely affected by a business that has signed the agreement. 
Complaints can be submitted to the committee via AGT-complaints@internationalrbc.org.

Involved in the IRBC agreement

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