Unilever and ATUMA
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)United Kingdom
DescriptionSpecific instance concerning an alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by Unilever
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies, Human rights, Disclosure, Employment and industrial relations, Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion
Date12 Apr 2018
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
Industry sectorWholesale and retail trade
StatusIn progress

Read the initial assessment published by the Dutch NCP - 16 April 2020

On 12 April 2018, a group of former workers of Unilever-Marsavco in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), represented by Association des Ex-Travailleurs Unilever Marsavco/PHC au Congo (ATUMA) in the DRC, submitted a specific instance to the Dutch and United Kingdom NCPs alleging that Unilever-Marsavco unjustifiably dismissed 802 employees and then failed to provide a complete severance package. After consulting with the United Kingdom NCP, it was agreed that the Dutch NCP would handle the specific instance. On 16 April 2020, the Dutch NCP published its initial assessment accepting the case for further examination.