Evaluation of the Dutch RBC Agreements 2014-2020

Are voluntary multi-stakeholder approaches to responsible business conduct effective?


Verena Bitzer, Rob Kuijpers, Katrine Danielsen, Anne Rappoldt, Irene Visser, Helena Posthumus

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of sector-level agreements on Responsible Business Conduct (henceforth RBC agreements). The evaluation was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the context of its project ‘Putting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Measures in Perspective’ to evaluate and review its current policy on RBC. The objective of this evaluation is to gain insight into the extent to which RBC agreements advance the implementation of due diligence in conformity with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Dutch ‘high-risk’ sectors.