Turkey: Assan Aluminium-01/Dilovasi

Date Filed
01 Oct 2008
Status
Closed
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Turkey

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Monitoring
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Compliance
CURRENT Status
Closed(DISPUTE RESOLUTION)
Closed

Complaint Overview

Complainant

The Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions

Cross-Cutting Issues
Labor

Project Information

Region
Europe & Central Asia
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Assan Aluminum 26648
Company
Assan Aluminyum Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
Sector
Manufacturing
Department
Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services
Category
B
Commitment

$30 million (A loan) & $30 million (B Loan)

Synopsis

Complaint

Assan Aluminyum is a former state-owned aluminum sheet, coil and foil manufacturer located in Diolvasi-Gebze, in the Marmara region of Turkey, approximately 40 km from Istanbul. Assan Aluminyum was acquired by the family-owned Kibar group in 2005 whose flagship company, Assan Demir, is the largest aluminum manufacturer in Turkey. IFC's involvement in the project was intended to be a large investment program to modernize, upgrade and expand Assan's existing capacity in order to augment productivity and efficiency of the plant. Corporate governance improvements were also a significant goal of the project.

In September 2008, the Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (Turk-is) lodged a complaint with CAO on behalf of the Metal Workers’ Union of Turkey with concerns about rights of association. The complainants sought assurance of the company’s support for, and conformity with labor and working conditions enshrined in IFC's Performance Standards.

CAO Action

CAO accepted the complaint in October 2008. However, the project was in an early stage of IFC involvement and IFC had not yet completed its own due diligence procedures and processes. Prior to acting upon the complaint, CAO provided IFC with the opportunity to address the issues raised by the complainants as part of its normal environmental and social appraisal process.

IFC completed its due diligence and finalized its agreements with Assan Aluminyum by way of an Environmental and Social Action Plan.  CAO received the findings of IFC's due diligence, and the action items set out in IFC's agreement with the company and shared this information with the complainants in May 2009.  In November 2009, CAO moved to close-out the case on a no-objection basis, while continuing to monitor IFC's implementation of these action items.

Status

In April 2010, IFC released a Labor Assessment Report of Assan’s ongoing compliance with Performance Standard 2 requirements. The labor assessment addressed the material issues raised in the complaint relating to labor and working conditions. Therefore, CAO concluded its involvement in this case in August 2010. The case is closed.

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Complaint
    Complaint
    Sep 22, 2008
    English
    Complaint
    Assessment Report(s)
    Stakeholder Assessment
    Jul 22, 2009
    English
    Stakeholder Assessment
    Assan Alüminyum
    Jul 22, 2009
    Turkish
    Assan Alüminyum
    Close-out Report(s)
    Conclusion Report: Complaint Regarding Assan Aluminyum
    Aug 01, 2010
    English
    Conclusion Report: Complaint Regarding Assan Aluminyum
    Assan Alüminyum Projesi - Şikayet Sonuç Raporu
    Aug 01, 2010
    Turkish
    Assan Alüminyum Projesi - Şikayet Sonuç Raporu