|Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association (AEFFAA) and other associations & RINA Services S.p.A|
|Description||Specific instance submitted by five associations concerning an alleged non-observance of the Guidelines by RINA Services S.p.A|
|Theme(s)||General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations|
|Date||11 Sep 2018|
|Source||Multi-stakeholder, NGO, Trade Union|
|Industry sector||Other service activities|
Read the Initial Assessment published by the Italian NCP on 8 April 2019: English
On 11 September 2018, five organisations, namely Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association (AEFFAA), National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), Pakistan Institute for Labour Education and Research (PILER), European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Stichting Schone Kleren Kampagne/Clean Clothes Campaign, Campagna Abiti Puliti, Movimento Consumatori (MC) submitted a specific instance to the Italian NCP alleging that RINA Services S.p.A., an Italian multinational specialised in auditing and certification services, had not observed the General Policies, (Chapter II), Human Rights (Chapter IV) and Employment and Industrial Relations (Chapter V) provisions of the Guidelines.
The company claimed that it had performed the audit according to accreditation rules and standards and denied that it had not observed the provisions of the Guidelines.
On the 8 April 2019, the NCP issued an initial assessment accepting the specific instance case. The NCP offered its good offices through mediation led by an external conciliator, which both parties accepted.
Two conciliation meetings took place at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development between June and September 2019. The submitters signed the Terms of Settlement resulting from the mediation but the company refused to sign. Consequently, no agreement was reached between the parties.
On 11 December 2020, the Italian NCP published its final statement, recommending, in summary, that:
- make a humanitarian gesture in favour of the families of the victims - without any implication in terms of liability – and express their sympathy for the tragic event;
The NCP invited the parties to report on the steps taken to implement the recommendations one year after the publication of the final statement.