Unions, civil society groups file OECD complaint against Italian steel company Danieli over Myanmar military collaboration

The move comes after a Myanmar Now investigation confirmed the company’s secretive involvement in a steelmaking operation potentially linked to weapons production

Italian industrial giant Danieli Co., Ltd. is again under fire for its hushed involvement in Myanmar’s steel sector as civil society groups and trade unions filed a formal complaint with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) this week accusing the company of grave rights violations through its engagement with the military.

Rome-based advocacy group Italia-Birmania Insieme (Italy-Burma Together), the Federation of Italian Metal Workers Union, the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar, and the Pa-O Youth Organisation (PYO) announced they had submitted the complaint to the office of Italy’s National Contact Point (NCP) on Tuesday. 

Italy’s NCP is supported by the country’s Ministry of Economic Development and is mandated with advancing the OECD’s 2011 Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, a series of recommendations by adhering governments to promote responsible business conduct.  

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