DNO ASA, and Industri Energi and the Coordination Council of DNO Yemen
Lead NCPNorway
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by trade union, Industri Energi, and the Coordination Council of DNO Yemen labour union concerning the alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by DNO ASA.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, Employment and industrial relations
Date12 Sep 2018
Host country(ies)Yemen
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the initial assessment issued by the Norwegian NCP - 17 January 2019 

Read the final statement issued by the Norwegian NCP - 10 February 2020

On 12 September 2018, the Norwegian trade union, Industri Energi, and the Coordination Council of DNO Yemen labour union jointly submitted a specific instance to the Norwegian NCP, alleging that the Norwegian company, DNO ASA, did not observe the Guidelines.

The Unions claim that DNO did not obey domestic laws in Yemen, and that the company observed standards of employment less favourable than those observed by comparable employers in Yemen. On January 17 2019, the Norwegian NCP published its initial assessment and found that the case merits further examination.

DNO rejected the NCP's offer of mediation between the parties. Due to the challenging situation in Yemen and DNO's unwilligness to transparently participate in good offices and mediation, the NCP did not succeed, despite its extensive investigations, to determine whether DNO failed to comply with domestic labour law and whether it observed the Guidelines.

On 10 February 2020, the Norway NCP published its final statement concluding the specific instance. In its final statement the NCP recommends DNO to:

  • Respect the NCP’s grievance mechanism, which is a key element in the OECD Guidelines, and co-operate with the NCP in good faith, and
  • Conduct a mapping of comparable pay conditions in Yemen, and apply them
  • Follow up on the company's promise to enter into agreements on pay and back payments in line with Yemeni law

The NCP has previously considered a specific instance received from Industri Energi against DNO concerning related matters.