Agricultural sector in Argentina
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by NGOs CEDHA, SOMO, Oxfam-Novib and INCASUR regarding the activities of Nidera Holdings B.V., a multinational enterprise operating in Argentinia.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date27 Jun 2011
Host country(ies)Argentina
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing

Read the final statement issued by the Dutch NCP - 3 February 2012.

Read the agreement reached between Nidera Holdings B.V. and CEDHA, SOMO, Oxfam-Novib and INCASUR - 25 November 2011.

In June 2011 the Netherlands NCP received a request for review from the NGOs Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA), International Institute of Studies and Social Training of the South (INCASUR), Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen (SOMO) and Oxfam-Novib who alleged that the Dutch-based multinational Nidera Holding B.V. and its Argentinean subsidiary Nidera S.A. breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines.  The alleged non-observance concerned health and safety conditions, wages, and submission and dependence.

The NGOs requested the NCP to offer its good offices in order to facilitate a dialogue between the parties involved. In September 2011 the NCP organised a meeting with the NGOs and Nidera. In the two months that followed, the parties met bilaterally and managed to agree on NGOs' main request, the setting up of a human rights policy that includes due diligence as described by the Guidelines and the United Nations’ Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The mutual agreement comprised of agreement over the Enterprise’s human rights policy, its human rights due diligence procedure, monitoring, its supply chain approach, and grievance mechanism. Following this agreement the NCP concluded the specific instance.