Indonesia: Adidas & Mizuno fail to adhere to international standards on workers’ rights, says CCC
Sports’ brands adidas and Mizuno, as major buyers to the Panarub Dwikarya Benoa (PDK) factory in Indonesia in 2012, should finally ensure that 345 former workers receive the severance payments they are rightfully owed. In continuing to refuse to take responsibility adidas and Mizuno are directly violating international human rights norms and standards... The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights state that it is the responsibility of international operating companies to ensure that human rights are respected in their supply chains, through active prevention and mitigation of adverse human rights impacts. This responsibility is independent of the actions of states and even applies if the company’s contribution to the impact was indirect. The long-standing relationship between adidas and Mizuno as leading buyers of the PDK factory, as well as the group the factory belongs to, is an indisputable fact. Both brands therefore had a clear responsibility to prevent, address, and mitigate the labour situation at the PDK factory well before and after the strike in July 2012.