RBC general information

Last checked on:
10 April 2024
Published on:
3 September 2021

The Dutch government expects Dutch companies that do business abroad to follow Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). They must follow the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to do so. The government promotes International Responsible Business Conduct in many ways. Companies following the OECD Guidelines can apply for funding.

The meaning of RBC

RBC means taking responsibility for the effects of your business activities on the world around you. It also means respecting people, animals, the environment and society. There are various ways to do this; for example, you can:

  • lower your CO2 emissions;
  • treat men and women the same;
  • ensure good working conditions;
  • ensure transparency;
  • ask your supply chain to help you with RBC.

Your business activities should have no adverse effects on the local situation. It would be even better if your business activities could help improve the situation. For more information about RBC, contact our advisors.

Find out what role RBC plays in projects supported by RVO

The benefits of RBC

Your company may benefit from applying RBC. It can help you build a good reputation and stand out from your competitors. A pleasant working environment often makes companies more innovative and productive.

Identifying RBC risks

Companies that do business abroad are not always aware of the social risks. The MVO Nederland CSR Risk Check Tool gives you an idea of the risks in other counties and industries. Identifying the risks can help you create a specific action plan. Use the tool and find out what the results mean for your business.

More RBC tools

Use the tools below to find out if your company is RBC-proof. Some tools refer to corporate social responsibility (CSR), which was often used before the term RBC.

  • CSR scan and ISO 26000 guide
    Find out in 10 minutes how much progress your company has made on CSR by following the ISO 26000 guideline.
  • MVO Nederland offers tips and tools (in Dutch) that help you do business more sustainably.
  • CSR passport
    An overview of essential terms, information and organisations.

Helpful RBC organisations

  • MVO Nederland is your starting point for RBC. MVO Nederland offers ICSR vouchers that give you a discount on advice for your company and products.
  • MVO Platform is a network of RBC organisations.
  • The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) offers practical information on how to make your company RBC-proof.
  • Global Compact is a partnership between United Nations organisations, trade unions, civil society organisations and companies. It aims to contribute to RBC and the broader United Nations (UN) goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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