Poor working conditions in India
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO India Committee of the Netherlands regarding the activities of Adidas, a multinational enterprise operating in India.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date1 Jul 2001
Host country(ies)India
Industry sectorWholesale and retail trade, Manufacturing

Read the final statement issued by the Netherlands NCP concluding the specific instance - 12 December 2002

In July 2001 the Netherlands NCP received a request for review by the NGO, India Committee of the Netherlands, alleging that the Adidas had breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in India. The NGO alleged that a report they had issued in 2000 contained enough evidence to strongly suspect that Adidas footballs were produced by workers at lower than minimum wages and without access to trade unions or adequate health and safety standards.

A resolution was negotiated and a statement was issued by the NCP and the parties on 12 December 2002 which concluded the specific instance.