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NiZA et al. vs. CPH

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 3 July 2003
Statut actuel Rejected
Thème CPH & illegal resource exploitation in DRC
Résumé de la plainte The UN Panel alleged that Chemie Pharmacie Holland (CPH) imported coltan from the eastern DRC. CPH’s business partner, Eagle Wings Resources International (EWRI), had an agreement with the rebel movement, RCD-Goma, to exploit coltan in South-Kivu. The Panel stated that EWRI received privileged access to coltan sites and captive labour, because of its close ties to the Rwandan military. When prices of coltan were dramatically raised in 2000, RCD-Goma installed a monopoly to benefit from revenues of the coltan export and used it to finance their war. Wide scale human rights violations took place in the mining area.

Although CPH has ended its activities in the DRC in April 2002, a number of NGOs regarded it as relevant to address the question as to whether or not CPHs involvement in coltan trade during the heights of the civil war were in compliance with the OECD Guidelines.The complainants argued that CPH did not make an effort to find out from which traders the coltan they imported originated, making it well possible that CPH bought coltan of which the revenues have directly supported war efforts of the RCD-Goma rebels and the Rwandan army. Another issue that needed clarification was whether tax payments made by EWRI to the RCD-Goma over its coltan exports were in accordance with the Guidelines.

Développements/Résultat In September 2003, the Dutch NCP accepted the case and held separate meetings with NiZA and CPH. The NCP met with both parties in February 2004, but a joint statement could not be agreed.
The Dutch NCP concluded the Guidelines were not applicable, because the lack of an investment nexus. Despite its decision, in May 2004, the NCP published a generic statement on corporate social responsibility and the Guidelines. The complainants, dissatisfied with the outcome, issued a press release in June 2004.

Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Santé et sécurité, Chaîne d’approvisionnement, Secteur minier, Les droits de l'homme, Fiscalité, Travail forcé, La participation politique, Environnement, Lien d’investissement, Organisation des Nations Unies, Les conflits violents, Corruption

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Netherlands
Coordonnées du PCN Bezuidenhoutesweg 67 2594 AC The Hague, Netherlands
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Chemie Pharmacie Holland
Coordonnées de l'entreprise Hogehilweg 4
1101 CC Amsterdam
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation Eagle Wings Resources International
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Congo, La République Démocratique du
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Certains développements ne sont disponibles qu'aux utilisateurs/trices étant inscrit(e)s
Date Acteur Action Description Document
15 June 2004 ActionAid Nederland press release NGOs issue a press release stating their dissatisfaction with the outcome. téléchargez le document pdf (49Kb)  
1 May 2004 National Contact Point Netherlands statement NCP concludes the Guidelines are not applicable, because the lack of an investment nexus. NCP publishes a generic statement on corporate social responsibility and the Guidelines. téléchargez le document pdf (26Kb)  
17 September 2003 National Contact Point Netherlands accept The Dutch NCP accepted the case.  
3 July 2003 Friends of the Earth Netherlands file Complaint filed with Dutch NCP. téléchargez le document pdf (54Kb)  
1 February 2002 Friends of the Earth Netherlands campaign Milieudefensie (FOE Netherlands) launched a letter writing action to ask CPH to investigate whether the military in the DRC profited from their activities. CPH never responded.  

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