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ICN vs. Kubbinga

Case overview

Date filed 20 June 2001
Current status Rejected
Issue Labour violations in Indian football production
Summary of the case The complaint states that Kubbinga’s Indian suppliers have violated labour rights in the production of footballs. The complaint is based on the report, “The dark side of football - child and adult labour in India’s football industry and the role of FIFA” (June 2000) and subsequent fieldwork.

ICN reported that during a visit to the Indian supplier of Kubbinga iit confirmed there were no unions active. Except for some “stitching centres”, there was no indication that home producers receive minimum wages. There are also occupational health and safety concerns. CN stated that there was sufficient evidence to suspect that Adidas footballs (which Kubbinga imports from Mayor & Company) were produced by employees with wages inferior to the minimum wage, without access to trade unions or proper health and security standards. In November 1999, there was strong evidence that this supplier was using child labourers.

Developments/Outcome After one meeting with ICN and consulting with the OECD Investment Committee, the Dutch NCP rejected the complaint, citing the lack of an investment nexus.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Travail des enfants, Santé et sécurité, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Les droits du travail, Lien d’investissement, Textile/ vêtements

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Netherlands
NCP address Bezuidenhoutesweg 67 2594 AC The Hague, Netherlands
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible Ch.H. Kubbinga B.V.
Company address Wijkermeerweg 70
1948 NX Beverwijk
Company website
Company in violation Mayor & Company
Country of operations India
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
27 October 2003 National Contact Point Netherlands statement NCP rejects the complaint, citing the lack of an investment nexus. download pdf (34Kb)  
20 June 2001 India Committee of the Netherlands file ICN (India Committee of the Netherlands) filed a complaint against Kubbinga at the Dutch NCP. download pdf (15Kb)  
1 June 2000 India Committee of the Netherlands report Published a report “The dark side of football - child and adult labour in India’s football industry and the role of FIFA". The report provided evidence that the Indian football industry in and around Jalandhar and Batala, including supplier Mayor and Company, violated the OECD guidelines on several accounts. download pdf (584Kb)  

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