Did Unilever failed to protect its worker?

In London, last July 30, Kenyan tea plantation workers claims that Unilever failed to protect them.

Unfortunately, an ethnic violence escalated as a battle for reparations to the United Nations.

A total of 218 victims in which includes the families of 7 workers who were killed. Also, 56 of them that were sexually abused.

These victims were from the Multinational’s Plantation near the western town of Kericho after the election turmoil last 2007-2008.

According to Lawyer Daniel, Leader of the International Law Firm Leigh Day, which represented the workers. He said that there were many individual that were unable to work due to severe physical harm.

Unilever, buyer of at least 10% of the world’s tea supply. Also, the owner of major brands such as Lipton, PG Tips and Brooke Bond.

The blame of failing to immediately respond to the request for comment falls to the company.

The Anglo-Dutch Multinational said that the scale of the incident which took an estimated of 1,200 lives nationwide, was not foreseeable.

U.N Working Group on Business and Human Rights received a complaint about this matter.

Also, the U.N Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

It was not questioning the U.N whether Unilever gave up on protecting the residents of its plantation.

It is asking if whether it was a breached to its responsibility under U.N Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Article from Thomson Reuters Foundation News

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