A legislative proposal is progressing through the Dutch parliamentary system which would introduce a duty on employers to ensure that no child labour is used in any part of their production chain. All companies that sell goods and/or services in the Netherlands and all companies that are located in the Netherlands and sell goods and/or services online (partly) in the Dutch market, will be obliged to declare to the Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) that they have acted with "appropriate due care" to prevent any goods and services that are sold to consumers being (partly) produced by child labour.

Any individual or legal entity will be able to bring a complaint before the ACM which will be able to impose a penalty of up to EUR 820.000 (but not before the ACM has given a binding instruction to the company concerned). Where a fine is imposed twice on a company within a period of five years, the ACM may decide to start criminal proceedings.