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IUF and Perfetti van Melle
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific Instance concerning the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date9 Aug 2019
Host country(ies)Bangladesh
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing, Wholesale and retail trade
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the final statement published by the Dutch NCP - 15 June 2020


On 9 August 2019, IUF submitted a specific instance to the Dutch NCP alleging that Perfetti Van Melle's (PVM) subsidiary in Bangladesh, a manufacturer of confectionary products, did not respect the right to collective bargaining, freedom association, and allegedly employed child labour. The NCP accepted the case and offered its good offices. While during the process both parties concluded that no child labour was present in PVM's factory, the parties' diverged on the allegations related to collective bargaining and freedom of association. Finally, it was concluded that the local relationship between the company and local union normalised.

On 15 June 2020, the NCP published its final statement concluding the case and in which it recommended that the parties remain in contact with regards to the issues raised, noting that the parties may want to discuss access to remedy. The NCP will follow up with the parties in autumn 2020 and will publish its outcomes.