Background and rationale for IRBC agreements

The IRBC agreements are based on international guidelines and commitments and on the SER’s 2014 advisory report on IRBC agreements. Society’s expectations also persuaded the parties to join forces.

Guidelines and commitments

The IRBC agreements are based on the following international guidelines and commitments:

  • the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 
  • the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises proposed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the fundamental labour standards defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

SER Advisory Report on IRBC agreements

In its 2014 advisory report on IRBC agreements, the SER argues that economic sectors and businesses should take the initiative to conclude agreements on international responsible business conduct with government, trade unions and civil society organisations. 

Society’s expectations

Businesses can find themselves in situations in production countries that leave much to be desired in terms of human rights, worker health & safety, environmental protection and animal rights. Many businesses and branches of industry are therefore emphasising

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