Evaluation of Dutch IRBC policy – Bangladesh Report


Julie Newton, Nasrin Sultana, Verena Bitzer

This report is the result of a case study conducted in Bangladesh as part of the evaluation of Dutch policy on International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IOB).

The Bangladesh case study aimed to evaluate how different Dutch IRBC policy instruments manifest in Bangladesh and how they influence (Dutch) companies to contribute positively to economic, environmental and social progress while minimising adverse effects. Due to its economic importance, the report focuses on the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector. The report investigates the implementation of Embassy activities as well as selected private sector instruments and their ICSR frameworks (where applicable). An assessment of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile is also included but constitutes a relatively smaller share of the empirical research due to its early stages of implementation and the prominent role of Embassy activities and private sector instruments in the Bangladesh context.