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WeCAN vs. Arrow International

Case overview

Date filed 17 June 2014
Current status Pending
Issue Damaged homes after 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in New-Zealand
Summary of the case In September 2010 and February 2011, four major earthquakes and an estimated 13,000 aftershocks devastated the Canterbury region, which includes New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch. The earthquakes resulted in 185 deaths and injured 11,432 people.

WeCan alleges that Arrow International, a building-related company, breached the human rights provisions of the OECD Guidelines and has alleged that people suffered adverse impacts on their right to health and right to adequate housing under the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Art. 11 & 12); right to human dignity under the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Art. 7); and the right to property under the UN Declaration on Human Rights (Art. 17).
Developments/Outcome The New Zealand NCP accepted the complaint and offered its good offices to help the parties resolve the issues. As a result of the complaint, Arrow International has published an External Social Responsibility Policy and committed to undertake due diligence to monitor the human rights impacts of their business activities.
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NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point New Zealand
NCP address P.O.Box 3705 Wellington, New Zealand
NCP website http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/bus_pol/oecd-multinationals/
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Complainant

Company Information

Company responsible Arrow International Group Limited
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Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations New Zealand
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Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
17 June 2014 Wider Earthquake Community Action Network file Complaint filed with New Zealand's NCP  
National Contact Point New Zealand accept The New Zealand NCP undertook an initial assessment and concluded that the issues raised warranted further examination and offered its good offices to the parties.  
Arrow International Group Limited report As a result of the complaint, Arrow International has published an External Social Responsibility Policy and committed to undertake due diligence to monitor the human rights impacts of their business activities.  

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