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OECD NCP Netherlands - FoE Netherlands vs. Nutreco


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Nutreco’s subsidiary, Marine Harvest, was accused of harming the environment. The complaint alleged that the company avoided adopting measures that could prevent or limit damage from its salmon farming. In addition, Marine Harvest did not respect the five-mile zone. The company carried out environmental impact studies, not environmental assessments. There was no contact with stakeholders, free choice to join a union was not guaranteed, and circumstances for workers did not appear optimal.


The Dutch NCP referred the case to the Chilean NCP, which the Complainants protested.

In October 2003, the Chilean NCP issued a report that included recommendations and a proposal for dialogue. Among the recommendations were recognition of the rights of workers to join a trade union, collective bargaining and other core labour rights. The NCP also recommended that standards should progressively be brought into line with those found in the Netherlands.

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