KiK Textilien und Non-Food, C&A Mode, Karl Rieker and Uwe Kekeritz, Member of the German Bundestag
Lead NCPGermany
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by Uwe Kekeritz, Member of the German Bundestag regarding the activities of KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH, Bönen, C&A Mode GmbH & Co., Düsseldorf, and Karl Rieker GmbH & Co. KG, Bodelshausen operating in Bangladesh, regarding the 2012 factory fire in the Tazreen factory.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date13 May 2013
Host country(ies)Bangladesh
SourceOther interested parties
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the final statement issued by the German NCP - November 2014


In May 2013 the German NCP received a request for review from an interested party alleging that three German multinational enterprises, KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH, Bönen, C&A Mode GmbH & Co., Düsseldorf, and Karl Rieker GmbH & Co. KG, Bodelshausen had not observed the general policies and human rights provisions of the Guidelines in Bangladesh. The request is based on their alleged responsibility for the 2012 factory fire in the Tazreen factory.

The NCP concluded the initial assessment of the specific instance and accepted it for further consideration regarding two of the companies' due diligence. The NCP offered assistance to those parties. Regarding the third company, the request for review was transferred to the Brazilian NCP for their assessment.

After accepting part of the request for consideration, the NCP led mediation talks with the companies and the notifier on 15 January 2014. On 5 May 2014, further mediation talks took place. Both companies co-operated fully in the mediation process and progress was made in regards to supply chain management in Bangladesh.

The NCP concluded the specific instance and published the final statement on the NCP´s website. Thereafter a joint statement issued by the notifier and one of the companies. The NCP regrets that the notifier has decided not to sign a joint statement with the second company involved.