Evaluation of Dutch IRBC policy – Cross-country synthesis


Verena Bitzer, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, Katrine Danielsen, Julie Newton, Sandra Quintero

This synthesis report forms part of the evaluation of Dutch policy on International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC)1 by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IOB), comprising (i) sector agreements on IRBC, (ii) frameworks for private sector instruments, (iii) Dutch Embassy activities, (iv) international cooperation and legislation, and (v) government procurement policy. These IRBC policy instruments aim to promote responsible business conduct, in accordance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, in settings where human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental protection are at risk. The evaluation period covers the timeframe of 2012 until 2018.

To verify the results of Dutch IRBC policy instruments on the ground, the IOB evaluation is supported by detailed case studies in four countries conducted by KIT Royal Tropical Institute: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia and India.