CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya / Bidco Bev. & Det.-04/Thika

Complainant
A group of Bidco’s former workers
Date Filed
May 23, 2017
Concerns
Unfair dismissal, payment of employment benefits, rights of casual workers
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview

IFC has an active project with Bidco Africa, a Kenyan private limited liability company, which is one of East Africa’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fast moving consumer goods. IFC’s investment consists of a loan up to US$36.5 million to support the US$46 million expansion of Bidco Africa. Specifically, the proceeds of the loan will be used for the construction and operation of new facilities to expand Bidco’s production capacity in Kenya.

 

Complaint

The complaint was filed with CAO on behalf of a group of former workers of the Thika plant. The complaint raised concerns related to unfair dismissal and lack of payment of employment and termination benefits.

 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in July 2017 and has begun an assessment of the complaint.

 

Status 

The assessment of the case is underway.

 

Status as of September 5, 2017.

 

Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints. Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Bidco Bev & Det 33385
Department
Global Manufacturing & Services
Company
BIDCO AFRICA LIMITED
Sector
F-Al - Other food
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Kenya
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
US$23 million A loan and up to $13.5 million B loa

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance