|DIAM International and Birlesik Metal-Is in Turkey|
|Description||This specific instance concerns the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by DIAM International's Turkish subsidiary, DIAM Vitrin in Istanbul.|
|Theme(s)||Employment and industrial relations, General policies|
|Date||2 Aug 2017|
On 2 August 2017 the French NCP received a specific instance from the Turkish trade union Birlesik Metal-Is concerning the alleged non-observance of the Guidelines by the DIAM INTERNATIONAL SAS Group (DIAM Group).
The case was concerned with the activities of the company’s Turkish subsidiary, Diam Vitrin Tasarim Hizmetleri Ambalaj San (DIAM Vitrin), regarding an industrial dispute that allegedly started in DIAM Vitrin in Istanbul in May 2017, which resulted in the dismissal of a large number of workers and alleged anti-union bias. The submitter alleged that the DIAM Group did not observe the OECD Guidelines’ standards related to due diligence, human rights, workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining.
On 5 September 2017, the French NCP accepted the case and issued its initial assessment on 14 December 2017, and began its good offices on 2 November 2017.
Following numerous and complex meetings between the parties and ongoing parallel legal proceedings, on 6 November 2018, the NCP stopped its good offices and began drafting the final statement. The French NCP approved the draft of the final statement on 5 February 2019 and consulted with the parties and the Turkish NCP. Subsequently, the NCP adopted the final version of the final statement by consensus with the exception of one trade union.
The NCP determined that following the dialogue, DIAM Group improved its due diligence policy, but the NCP did note shortcomings with respect to a number of the Guidelines’ recommendations. The NCP concluded that DIAM Group must strengthen its due diligence vis-à-vis its Turkish subsidiary to achieve full compliance with the Guidelines. The NCP issued the following recommendations: