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CCC vs. Nike

Case overview

Date filed 5 September 2002
Current status Rejected
Issue Labour rights violations in Indonesian supply chain
Summary of the case The complaint was directed towards Nike representations in Austria as well as towards its headquarter in the US. The complaint alleges that Adidas’ suppliers in Indonesia are violating labour rights. Specifically, workers have been denied the right to organize and to collective bargaining. They have been subjected to intimidation ranging from humiliation, arbitrary arrests and threats to their health and safety. As a result, workers are unwilling to speak out about abuses out of fear of retaliation. In addition, workers do not receive a living wage. The low wages impacts parents, particularly women, who are frequently forced to live away from their children. The complaint also raises occupational health and safety issues.

Developments/Outcome After receiving the case from the Austrian NCP, the US NCP rejected the case. The NCP concluded that the information available did not indicate that its involvement was needed. The US NCP asserted that Nike’s conduct is being effectively addressed through other appropriate means and that the company has demonstrated its commitment to an ongoing, collaborative process to improve working conditions, for example, through its participation in the Fair Labour Association.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Santé et sécurité, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Les droits du travail, Harcèlement, Lien d’investissement, Textile/ vêtements, Collaboration des PCN

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point United States of America
NCP address 2201 C St. NW 20520 Washington, DC, United States
NCP website http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/ifd/oia/usncp/index.htm
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

ONG

Company Information

Company responsible Nike
Company address One Bowermna Drive
97005-6453 Beaverton
United States
Company website http://www.nike.com/g1/main.jhtml
Company in violation PT Nikomas Gemilang
Country of operations Indonesia
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
27 May 2004 National Contact Point United States of America statement US NCP concludes that the information available does not indicate that its involvement is needed and asserts that Nike’s conduct is being effectively addressed through other appropriate means.  
18 November 2002 National Contact Point Austria letter Austrian NCP states it has not accepted the case, because there is no link with Austria. NCP forwards the case to the US NCP.  
5 September 2002 Clean Clothes Kampagne Austria file Case filed before Austrian NCP. download pdf (36Kb)  

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