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NGO Rejoinder

29 Nov 2016

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IUF - Intl. Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations

IUF rejoinder to PepsiCo: The current situation re RKFL/West Bengal, India

Concerning West Bengal, PepsiCo have now stated publicly that the company has “agreed to meet with the 28 workers in coordination with IUF. PepsiCo has further agreed that we will not place any conditions on our meeting with the 28 workers, and that we will include their input in our overall assessment of the 2013 events. We will continue to uphold our commitments under the U.N. Guiding Principles and OECD Guidelines, including exercising our leverage and evaluating our ongoing relationship with RKFL.” The IUF can confirm that we are currently discussing the various arrangements necessary to facilitate the interview process. This is progress, however belated, and we welcome it. PepsiCo further states that the company “will continue to uphold our commitments under the U.N. Guiding Principles and OECD Guidelines, including exercising our leverage and evaluating our ongoing relationship with RKFL.” For this, it is necessary that PepsiCo base any actions it might take on the actual facts and not the version presented in their published response...