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Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Assoc. v. RINA S.p.A.

Case overview

Date filed 11 September 2018
Current status Filed
Issue Audit company wrongfully certifying garment factory Pakistan
Summary of the case Marking the sixth anniversary of the Ali Enterprises fire in 2012, on 11 September 2018 the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association (AEFFAA) and several unions and NGOs filed a specific instance at the Italian NCP. The complaint is against RINA Services S.p.A., an auditing company accredited to carry out SA8000 certification by Social Accountability Accreditation Services.

The complaint alleges that RINA wrongfully awarded the SA 8000 certification to the Ali Enterprises factory before it burned down. The complainant alleges that RINA should have identified child labour, forced overtime, and deficient fire systems at the factory, and that RINA failed to use its leverage to request remedial actions before awarding the certification of SA 8000. The complainants argue these actions and omissions represent a breach of the OECD Guidelines. The complainants seek mediation from the Italian NCP to encourage RINA to make its auditing practices more transparent and accountable and to ensure tangible remedy for the victims.
Developments/Outcome The complaint has been filed with the Italian NCP.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Travail des enfants, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Les droits du travail, Travail forcé, Textile/ vêtements, NGO-union collaboration

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Italy
NCP address Via Molise 2 I-00187 Rome, Italy
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible RINA S.p.A.
Company address
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Pakistan
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
11 September 2018 Ali Ent. Factory Fire Affectees Assoc. file Complainants file complaint download pdf (812Kb)  

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