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[PDF] German Companies must take Responsibility for Working Conditions of Suppliers
Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Medico International, Published on: 13 May 2013
[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited C&A, KiK & Karl Rieker to respond. KiK & Karl Rieker responses provided below. C&A declined to respond at this time due to confidentiality requirements of the OECD process.] Medico International and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) welcome the submission of an OECD complaint against clothing companies KiK, C&A and Karl Rieker relating to a fire in a supplier’s factory in Bangladesh...The high death tolls...were attributable to insufficient safety precautions and blocked exit routes...despite the fact that the companies subjected the factories to annual inspections, carried out by private audit companies...In his OECD complaint [Member of Parliament] Uwe Kekeritz accuses the companies of being partly responsible for the deaths of 112 people who lost their lives in a fire at the Tazreen factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 November 2012, since the companies sourced textiles from this factory...Since the companies are not fulfilling their obligations towards their workers within the global supply chain, Uwe Kekeritz is calling on the German National Contact Point to examine whether C&A, KiK and Karl Rieker have breached various OECD Guidelines and establish to what extent they should assume responsibility towards the victims of these disasters...