Annual Progress Report 2021-2022
One exciting event in the coming year for the Agreement Parties is a guided tour at Tata Steel IJmuiden. At the time of writing this event already took place. The tour was combined with the General Assembly that takes place every half year. The Parties obtained more insight in the production site of this metals company. Understanding business operations is important in order to better support companies with implementation of their due diligence practices in Year 4.
In Year 4, the Parties seek to support the companies in improving their maturity in doing their due diligence. A collective heat map will be delivered again in order to find common risks in the value chains of companies. To collectively improve companies’ due diligence practices bilateral consultations between Parties and exchanges of information will be facilitated and knowledge sessions will be organised. The focus will be on the most prominent risks as presented by the collective heat map and other due diligence related challenges the Parties have in common. The Parties will also work together on creating a better understanding of the upcoming European and Dutch due diligence legislations.
Regarding Collective Actions and Upscaling, the Parties seek to intensify contact with interested companies and trade organisations. Additionally, the findings from the investigation into occupational health and safety in mines in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia will be finalised in November and then presented to the Agreement Parties. It is expected this will lead to a collective project to improve health and safety conditions on the ground. Lastly, the Parties plan to prepare training courses for union leaders and to train works councils in understanding international RBC and national and European laws regarding due diligence.
Within the theme of Sustainable Secondary Materials Supply Chains, companies will also prioritise their individual risk analyses. After that, the companies will contact civil society organisations for additional support and advice. Furthermore, the Parties will reach out to the bigger exporters to intensify collaboration and to gain more insight into these value chains.
Peter Suasso de Lima de Prado,
Head of Sustainability Office Tata Steel
“At Tata Steel, we want to work with NGOs, trade unions, the government and businesses to improve our supply chains.”
Prof. dr. Tineke Lambooy, Chairperson of the Metals Agreement
“International RBC is not a destination but a journey. Please let these learning environments to exist and be funded as part of the government’s commitments to the obligations of international agendas, treaties and guidelines, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”