The Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) published 22. March 2018 the Final Statement in the specific instance Industri Energi – DNO.
The key issue in the complaint concerned lack of prior notice and consultation between DNO and the employee representatives in Yemen in connection with collective dismissals and suspension of production in the war-like situation that prevailed in 2015.
The Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) has concluded that DNO has not met the expectations expressed in the OECD Guidelines on prior notice and consultation with the employees of DNO Yemen in connection with suspension of the company’s Yemeni operations in 2015.
The complaint also concerned the question of whether DNO obstructed the workers’ right to organise and collective bargaining in Yemen, and the validity of dismissals as part of the downsizing process. The NCP has not found any grounds for concluding that DNO has not met the Guidelines’ expectations concerning the right to join a trade union.
The Norwegian NCP recommends that DNO in future should carry out risk-based due diligence and enhance the transparency of its policy and procedures for responsible business conduct.