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Groupe Kilu & ES-KO International and Adimed
Lead NCPBelgium
Supporting NCP(s)France
DescriptionThis specific instance concerns the activities of the enterprise Groupe Kilu and ES-KO International. The Groupe Kilu is based in Kinshasa (Democtratic Republic of Congo) and ES-KO International is based in Monaco.
Theme(s)Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion, Concepts and principles, Employment and industrial relations, General policies, Taxation
Date5 Mar 2018
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
SourceNGO
Industry sectorAccommodation and food service, Transportation and storage
StatusNot accepted
Summary

Read the communiqué issued by the French NCP – 15 May 2018

Read the initial assessment issued by the Belgian NCP –2 July 2018


On 5 March 2018, the NGO Adimed submitted a specific instance to the NCPs of Belgium and France regarding the activities of the enterprise Groupe Kilu and ES-KO International. The Groupe Kilu is based in Kinshasa (Democtratic Republic of Congo) and ES-KO International is based in Monaco. ES-KO International is a consulting company specialized in operating in challenging geographies, it was subcontracting with Groupe Kilu, a food storage company acting in the DRC.

Adimed states that Groupe Kilu and ES-KO International did not respect the OECD Guidelines regarding a group of nine Congolese employees who never obtained any written employment contract from ES-KO International between 2002 and 2005. This same company would have proposed employment contracts from 2005 established by the company Groupe Kilu, entity then unknown by the nine employees.

Upon initial assessment of the case, the NCP decided not to offer good offices as the companies in question are not from or operating in from a country adhering to the OECD Guidelines, and due to the fact that the submission lacked materiality.  

In reaching its conclusions NCP conducted research and engaged in awareness-raising on the OECD Guidelines among relevant stakeholders, despite a complex and difficult context with discontinuous contacts.

The issues raised in the submission are relevant under Congolese law, the NCP invites the submitter to address its complaint to the Congolese competent authorities.

The NCP invites Groupe Kilu and ES-KO International to further promote social dialogue within their respective organizations.

 

At the request of the submitter of the case the Belgian NCP will transmit this initial assessment to its Consulate based in Monaco.