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ICN vs. Adidas Netherlands

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 20 June 2001
Statut actuel Concluded
Thème Labour violations in Indian football production
Résumé de la plainte The complaint states that Adidas' 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 Adidas and another Dutch company, it 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.

According to ICN’s data, the supplier outsourced production to Batala, which FIFA does not inspect. In November 1999, there was strong evidence that this supplier was using child labourers.

Even though Sports Goods Foundation of India stated no licensed production took place in Batala, Adidas has not provided any evidence to the contrary. ICN raised these issues with the NCP after its efforts to raise these issues with Adidas failed.

Développements/Résultat After accepting the case in November 2001, the NCP organized a meeting with the parties in March 2002. The meeting concluded with an agreement between Adidas and ICN and a joint NCP statement being released. In summary, the parties agreed there is a need for:

1) a survey of relevant standards
2) continuous transparency in implementing these standards
3) a continuous process of external monitoring, diffusion and verification
4) strengthening communications between stakeholders
5) ICN to continue taking into consideration independent and reliable information provided by the sporting industry and other stakeholders.

Based on information provided by Adidas, the NCP concluded that the company sufficiently encouraged its suppliers to operate in a socially responsible manner through its code of conduct. The NCP also stated that it had not found any evidence of the use of child labour. In December 2002, the NCP, ICN and Adidas issued a joint statement with some agreement on the need for monitoring of codes of conduct.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Travail des enfants, Santé et sécurité, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Les droits du travail, Lien d’investissement, Textile/ vêtements

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Netherlands
Coordonnées du PCN Den Haag, Netherlands
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Adidas Benelux b.v.
Coordonnées de l'entreprise Plesmanstraat 1
3833 LA Leusden
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation Mayor & Company
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Inde
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Certains développements ne sont disponibles qu'aux utilisateurs/trices étant inscrit(e)s
Date Acteur Action Description Document
1 December 2002 National Contact Point Netherlands joint statement NCP, ICN and Adidas issue a joint statement with some agreement on the need for monitoring codes of conduct. téléchargez le document pdf (53Kb)  
25 June 2001 India Committee of the Netherlands press release Press release which led to questions in the lower House of Commons.  
20 June 2001 India Committee of the Netherlands file Complaint filed with Dutch NCP. téléchargez le document pdf (15Kb)  
1 June 2000 India Committee of the Netherlands report LIW (ICN) publishes “The dark side of football - child and adult labour in India’s football industry and the role of FIFA”. The report provides evidence that the Indian football production industry in and around Jalandhar and Batala, including Adidas’ supplier Mayor and Company, have violated labour rights. Adidas never responded to the report. téléchargez le document pdf (584Kb)  

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