IKEA and UNI Global Union
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)United States
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by UNI Global Union alleging that the IKEA Group did not observe the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date27 Sep 2018
Host country(ies)United States
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorWholesale and retail trade, Manufacturing
StatusIn progress

Read the initial assessment issued by the Dutch NCP – 12 June 2019

 On 27 September 2018, UNI Global Union, a global union federation based in Switzerland, together with its affiliates (UFCW in the U.S., Mandate Trade Union in Ireland, SITESE in Portugal, and the Dutch FNV as a supporting voice), submitted a specific instance to the Dutch National Contact Point.

The parties alleged that the IKEA Group did not observe the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises due to anti-trade union activities in the United States, Ireland, and Portugal, and that these issues occurred due to a failure in due diligence by IKEA’s global management in the Netherlands.

On 12 June 2019, the NCP published its initial assessment in which it concluded that the case merits further consideration.