Oxfam's statement re. Kericho tea workers
Oxfam believes the survivors of the appalling attacks in Kericho in 2007 are owed the reparations they are calling for.
As campaigning and activist groups have long highlighted access to remedy for communities and survivors has been neglected and there is clear gap in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The handling of the Kericho case by Unilever highlights the gaps that still exist in creating effective grievance mechanisms that enable vulnerable people around the world to seek non judicial remedy.
Oxfam urges the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights to respond in favour of the Kericho survivors and join the call for more effective non judicial grievance mechanisms...
Oxfam believes that responsible businesses can play a key role in ending poverty and injustice around the world. Sometimes we challenge companies to improve their behaviour and policies, for example our independent review of Unilever’s Vietnam operations which highlighted poor labour practices...
We will continue to challenge Unilever on the need for effective remedy for the survivors of the Kericho case. We will press that they learn from mistakes as well as challenging the company to go further in addressing human rights issues across its supply chains.
[The full statement is attached]