On 24 May 2018, a specific instance was filed by a Czech non-governmental organisation against a Czech outdoor garment and equipment reseller company at the Czech NCP. The complaint concerns activities of this company’s supplier in Myanmar related to manufacturing garment consumer products. The complainants allege that there have been documented cases of systemic labour rights violations in a factory operated by the company’s supplier, which the company failed to identify and address. Complainants are seeking mediation from the NCP to ensure that the company implements an effective due diligence process, examines in collaboration with local workers’ organisations whether labour rights are respected in its suppliers’ factories in the region, and regularly publicly reports its findings and a list of suppliers.
In its August 2018 initial assessment, the Czech NCP considered that the specific instance merited further examination and offered its good offices. Both parties accepted the NCP’s offer.
In November 2018, Terms and Conditions for the provision of Good Offices were drafted and signed subsequent to negotiations of minor details and changes. In April 2019, Joint Conclusions were drafted, which were subsequently negotiated by the complainant between April and July 2019.
In April 2022, followed a long period of negotiations, modifications and subsequent pause due to COVID-19, the parties signed the Joint Conclusions. The Joint Conclusion put emphasis on the importance of responsible business conduct in protecting rights and interests promoted by the Guidelines, and the importance of due diligence. The recommendations arising from the Joint Conclusion included the company strengthening its internal due diligence system, and emphasising that the company would implement them in line with the agreement. The Joint Conclusion is only partially publicly available.
The NCP will monitor the execution of the recommendations stated in the Joint Conclusions, commencing one year later. The NCP refrained from providing any additional recommendations beyond what was already outlined in the agreement.