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FoE Netherlands vs. Nutreco

Case overview

Date filed 22 August 2002
Current status Concluded
Issue Nutreco/Marine Harvest's salmon farming in Chile
Summary of the case Nutreco’s subsidiary, Marine Harvest, is accused of harming the environment. The company avoids adopting measures that could prevent or limit damage from its salmon farming. In addition, Marine Harvest does not respect the five-mile zone. The company does environmental impact studies, not environmental assessments. There is no contact with stakeholders, free choice to join a union is not guaranteed and circumstances for workers appear not to be optimal.


Developments/Outcome The Dutch NCP referred the case to the Chilean NCP, which the complainants protested.

In October 2003, the Chilean NCP issued a report that included recommendations and a proposal for dialogue. Among the recommendations were recognition of the rights of workers to join a trade union, collective bargaining and other core labour rights. The NCP also recommended that standards should progressively be brought into line with those found in the Netherlands.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Health and safety, Supply chain, Labour rights, Environment, Multiple NCPs

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Chile
NCP address Teatinos 180, piso 11 Santiago , Chile
NCP website www.direcon.cl
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Nutreco Holding N.V
Company address Prins Frederiklaan 4
3818 KC Amersfoort
Netherlands
Company website http://www.nutreco.com/
Company in violation Marine Harvest Chile
Country of operations Chile
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
15 October 2003 National Contact Point Chile report Chilean NCP issues a report that includes recommendations and a proposal for dialogue. Among the recommendations is recognition of the rights of workers to join a trade union, collective bargaining and other core labour rights. The NCP also recommends that standards should progressively be brought into line with those found in the Netherlands. download pdf (109Kb)  
22 August 2002 Friends of the Earth Netherlands file Complaint filed with Dutch NCP.  
Centro Ecocéanos report Centro Ecocéanos’ analysis of the Nutreco/Marine Harvest case, including lessons learned from the process. download pdf (20Kb)  

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