IUF & Perfetti van Melle
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific Instance concerning the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date9 Aug 2019
Host country(ies)Bangladesh
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing, Wholesale and retail trade

Read the final statement published by the Dutch NCP - 15 June 2020

Read the follow-up statement published by the Dutch NCP – 16 June 2021

On 9 August 2019, IUF submitted a specific instance to the Dutch NCP alleging that Perfetti Van Melle's (PVM) subsidiary in Bangladesh, a manufacturer of confectionary products, did not respect the right to collective bargaining, freedom association, and allegedly employed child labour. The NCP accepted the case and offered its good offices. While during the process both parties concluded that no child labour was present in PVM's factory, the parties' diverged on the allegations related to collective bargaining and freedom of association. Finally, it was concluded that the local relationship between the company and local union normalised.

On 15 June 2020, the NCP published its final statement concluding the case and in which it recommended that the parties remain in contact with regards to the issues raised, noting that the parties may want to discuss access to remedy. The NCP will follow up with the parties in autumn 2020 and will publish its outcomes. 

On 16 June 2021, the NCP published a follow-up statement. The NCP stated that the company had made important steps with regard to preventative measures concerning child labour, collective bargaining and right to freedom of association. The NCP recommends the parties stay in contact and continue to focus on preventative measures to avoid future issues.