Violations of the general policies of the Guidelines in Poland
Lead NCPPoland
Supporting NCP(s)France
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a trade union and individuals regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in Poland.
Theme(s)General policies
Date4 Feb 2014
Host country(ies)Poland
SourceIndividuals, Trade Union
Industry sectorInformation and communication
StatusConcluded
Summary

Read the initial assessment issued by the Polish NCP closing the specific instance - 16th May 2014


In February 2014, the Polish NCP received a request for review by a trade union and individuals alleging that a multinational enterprise had breached the general policies provisions of the Guidelines in Poland. 

The request did not specify the allegations and only indicated the part of the Guidelines which had been breached. Based on the notification as well as on additional information acquired during the preparation of the assessment, the NCP found that the allegation concerns a dismissal of an employee resulting from enquiries about the lawfulness of the property sale by one of the companies belonging to the capital group.

Due to a lack of documentation regarding the dismissal of the aggrieved, however, as well as evidence of another reason directly related to the dismissal, the case is not deemed material and substantiated. Further, the notifying party breached its obligation not to communicate with the public about the allegations and sent relevant information to third parties. It was also found that the trade union's request contained false information that the case had been sent to the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

The Polish NCP determined that to offer its good offices in relation to this specific instance would be to risk negatively affecting the integrity of the NCP itself, undermining its reliability and the possibility of acting in other instances in the future. The NCP duly concluded the specific instance.