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ECCHR et al vs. TÜV Rheinland India

Case overview

Date filed 2 May 2016
Current status Presentado
Issue Inadequate Audit of the Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh
Summary of the case The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), together with FEMNET, medico international, Garment Workers Unity Forum and the Comrade Rubel Memorial Center, along with survivors of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, filed a complaint against TÜV Rheinland AG and TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd. for carrying out an inadequate social audit of a factory in the Rana Plaza building in June 2012 and breaching the OECD Guidelines in the process. The complainants allege that TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd. failed to accurately report on the various labor rights violations occurring at the Phantom Apparels Ltd. factory and described the construction quality of the building in the report as being good.

Phantom Apparel was located within the Rana Plaza Factory, which collapsed less than a year after the audit and killed 1,138 people, including at least 39 children, while injuring 2,500 people. Some of the human rights violations occurring at the time included child labor, discrimination against women, the absence of trade unions and forced overtime. The complainants would like the German NCP to make an assessment of the breached OECD Guidelines, and allow for mediation with TÜV Rheinland, in order to seek financial compensation to cover psychological treatment to the victims of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, as well as work with the Bangladesh government and Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association to strengthen national auditing liability legislation, while also changing structure of factory controls.
Developments/Outcome The complainants are awaiting the initial assessment by the German NCP.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Salud y seguridad, Los derechos laborales, Textiles / Indumentaria

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Germany
NCP address Scharnhorststrasse 34-37 10115 Berlin, Germany
NCP website www.bmwi.de/go/nationale-kontaktstelle
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

ONG

Company Information

Company responsible TÜV Rheinland India Pvt. Ltd.
Company address
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Bangladesh
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
2 May 2016 European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights presentar Complaint filed with German NCP download pdf (414Kb)  

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