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Auchan lawsuit (re garment factories in Bangladesh)

Estatus: OPEN

Fecha del incidente
24 de Abril de 2014
Desconocido
Shareholder
Location of Filing: Francia
Location of Incident: Bangladés
Type of Litigation: Transnational
Empresa: Auchan
Company Sector: Supermercados y abarrotes
Company Location: Francia

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Snapshot

In April 2014, three NGOS (Collectif Ethique sur l’étiquette, Peuples Solidaires and Sherpa) filed a complaint in Lille, France against the supermarket Auchan alleging the company used misleading advertisements regarding the conditions in which its clothing was produced.  The plaintiffs highlight that the company has made public statements regarding its commitment to social and environment standards in its supply chain. Auchan has denied the claims.

Legal argument

The NGOS allege that Auchan lied to its customers about working conditions at its suppliers abroad after labels from its “In Extenso” clothing range were found in the rubble of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in April 2013, killing thousands of workers and injuring hundreds.  The supermarket has denied placing orders at the Rana Plaza factory and said it was the victim of “concealed subcontracting”.  Since then, it says it has taken steps, including signing the “Fire and Safety Agreement” aiming at improving safety measures in Bangladesh's garment factories.

Legal proceedings

In May 2014, the prosecutor’s office in Lille launched a preliminary investigation.  In January 2015, the case was dismissed.

In June 2015, those three NGOs brought a new complaint against Auchan for deceptive commercial practices; they petitioned the investigating judge to open an inquiry, if the claim is found to be admissible.

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