Alleged human and labour rights in Denmark and Portugal
Lead NCPDenmark
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by 3F regarding the activities of Greenpeas Enterprise ApS, a Danish gardening company operating in Denmark and Portugal.
Theme(s)Human rights
Date22 Oct 2013
Host country(ies)Denmark, Portugal
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing

Read the initial assessment issued by the Danish NCP - 21 January 2014

Read the final statement issued by the Danish NCP concluding the specific instance - 14 August 2014

In October 2013, the Danish NCP received a request for review by a trade union alleging that a Danish company had breached the industrial and employment relations, and human rights provisions of the Guidelines in Denmark and Portugal. Specifically it was alleged that the company undercut the standard of wages and working conditions in the host countries as well as discriminated against employees based on their nationalities and withheld some employee passports.

The NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance and, in November 2013, concluded that it merited further consideration. The NCP contacted the parties involved and encouraged them to engage in dialogue to reach a mutual solution and shortly thereafter, the trade union contacted the NCP to withdraw the specific instance, saying that an agreement had been arrived at during a joint meeting. The NCP, however, didn't feel that the terms of the agreement addressed all the allegations, specifically the gross alleged violations of Guidelines, particularly the withholding of employee passports. The NCP therefore decided to continue its investigations and contacted the parties asking for further information.

At the end of the NCP's independent investigation it found that the alleged gross violations of the Guidelines could not be substantiated. The details of its investigation and conclusions are laid out in its final statement issued at the conclusion of the specific instance. The NCP also issued a general statement on the retention of employees’ identification papers.