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CCC vs. Adidas

Case overview

Date filed 5 September 2002
Current status Concluded
Issue Labour rights violations in Indonesian supply chain
Summary of the case The complaint was directed towards Adidas representations in Austria as well as towards its headquarter in Germany. 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 The Austrian NCP referred the Adidas case to the German NCP, which accepted the case on February 10, 2003. The NCP held two meetings with the parties. Before the second meeting, the German NCP circulated a draft statement in the hope that the parties might reach a consensus. The draft statement praised Adidas’ “Standards of Engagement” policies and its membership in the Fair Labour Association.

However, the draft did not make a determination on whether the labour rights violations at Adidas’ suppliers were justified. CCC rejected the idea of discussing a draft NCP statement without first hearing Adidas’ response to its earlier proposals for action. Adidas commented on CCC’s four proposals, but rejected any concrete steps to address labor rights violations.

The German NCP issued a statement in September 2004 after the parties failed to come to an agreement on a course of action. The statement assesses the Adidas case and makes proposals for future action. CCC was disappointed in the outcome given the time and resources spent preparing the complaint and participating in the process.

Adidas has taken some positive steps, but CCC does not find them to be satisfactory. The issue of minimum wage is not addressed in the Guidelines, but Adidas agreed to act on this part of the complaint.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Santé et sécurité, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Les droits du travail, Harcèlement, Textile/ vêtements, Collaboration des PCN

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Germany
NCP address Scharnhorststrasse 34-37 10115 Berlin, Germany
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible Adidas-Salomon AG
Company address Adi-Dassler-Straße 1
91074 Herzogenaurach
Company website
Company in violation PT Panarub
Country of operations Indonesia
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
15 September 2004 Clean Clothes Campaign Germany statement CCC’s assessment of the Adidas complaint, including proposals for future action. download pdf (22Kb)  
1 May 2004 National Contact Point Germany statement NCP issues a statement and makes proposals for future action. download pdf (12Kb)  
10 February 2003 National Contact Point Germany accept The German NCP accepts the case.  
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 German NCP.  
5 September 2002 Clean Clothes Kampagne Austria file Case filed with the Austrian NCP. download pdf (36Kb)  

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