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Table de Concertation sur Droits Humains vs. First Quantum

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 5 December 2002
Statut actuel Rejected
Thème First Quantum & illegal resource exploitation in DRC
Résumé de la plainte In October 2002, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused 85 OECD-based companies of violating the Guidelines for their direct or indirect roles in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Panel alleged that “elite networks” of political and military elites and businesspersons fueled the conflict in order to retain their control over the country’s vast natural resources.

The Panel alleged that in negotiations between the company and the government of DRC to buy the cobalt-rich Kolwezi Tailings, First Quantum offered a down payment of US$100 million, together with cash payments and shares held in trust for government officials. The Panel referred to documents in its possession showing that the payment list included the National Security Minister, the director of the National Intelligence Agency, the Director General of Gécamines, and the former Minister of the Presidency. The premise was that the share price would rise sharply once the deal was publicly announced.

Développements/Résultat In February 2004, a representative of OECD Watch is informed of the NCP’s intention to follow-up on the case during a meeting. In the NCP’s 2004 annual report, the case is noted as “closed”. The complainants state the NCP never communicated its decision.

In October 2004, the complainants sent a letter of protest to the NCP, which was supported by Canadian NGO, le Regroupement pour la responsabilité sociale des enterprises.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Secteur minier, Pratiques anticoncurrentielles, Procédures judiciaires parallèles, Organisation des Nations Unies, Les conflits violents, Corruption

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Canada
Coordonnées du PCN
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Coordonnées de l'entreprise 8th Floor 543 Granville Street
V6C 1X8 Vancouver
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Congo, La République Démocratique du
Autre entreprises impliquées

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Date Acteur Action Description Document
29 October 2004 Table de concertation - droits humains letter NGOs’ letter of protest to the NCP (English) téléchargez le document pdf (24Kb)  
1 October 2004 National Contact Point Canada report In its 2004 annual report, the Canadian NCP states the case is closed. The complainants were never informed of the NCP’s decision. téléchargez le document pdf (32Kb)  
5 December 2002 Table de concertation - droits humains file A coalition of NGOs (Table de concertation sur les Droit Humains au Congo/Kinshasa) registers their concerns about the Canadian companies cited in the UN Panel’s report. In a follow-up meeting with the NCP, the NGOs requested their letter be a “specific instance”. téléchargez le document pdf (26Kb)  

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