Issue: Audit company wrongfully certifying garment factory Pakistan

Description 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.

1 cases relating to 'Audit company wrongfully certifying garment factory Pakistan':

Title Issue Date filed Status
Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Assoc. v. RINA S.p.A. Audit company wrongfully certifying garment factory Pakistan 11 September 2018 Filed

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