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KTNC Watch et al vs. POSCO

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 12 December 2019
Statut actuel Pending
Thème POSCO's violations in palm plantation in Papua
Résumé de la plainte On 12 December 2019, KTNC Watch, PUSAKA, SKP-KAMe, and WALHI Papua filed a specific instance against POSCO International, the National Pension Service (NPS), and the Korean export import bank (KEXIM) at the Korean NCP. The complaint argues that POSCO International has breached the OECD Guidelines by causing deforestation and loss of biodiversity, lack of FPIC, and infringement on the right to water for its operation of the palm oil plantation in Papua.

The complaint argues that environmental and social policies and measures taken by POSCO International are not sufficient to the due diligence standards under the Guidelines. POSCO International's continuation of it's business without acknowledging the massive destruction of the tropical rainforest and the infringement of the rights of indigenous people amounts to a violation of the Guidelines.

The complainants are seeking the Korean NCP's good offices to encourage POSCO International to take several steps, including to:
- Acknowledge the deforestation they have caused and provide the remediation;
- Adopt and publish a comprehensive group-wide cross-commodity "No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation" (NDPE) policy;
- Declare a group-wide moratorium on land clearing and peatland development publicly; and
- Implement FPIC in their operations and ensure the right to water of the local communities relying on the Bian River.
Développements/Résultat On 17 March 2020, the Korean NCP issued an initial assessment accepting the complaint for good offices. The NCP accepted the complaint regarding POSCO and the NPS. The NCP also accepted the complaint KEXIM. The NCP clarified that in this matter, KEXIM could be considered a multinational enterprise covered by the OECD Guidelines because 1) it has oversea branches in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Vietnam; 2) in this case, its funding of POSCO was not related to any official development assistance projects; and 3) the financial services it provided to POSCO, providing loans and taking interest, were commercial in nature like those of a typical financial institution. The NCP also found the complaint satisfied the other Guidelines' admissibility criteria.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Les droits de l'homme, Environnement

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Korea
Coordonnées du PCN Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable POSCO
Coordonnées de l'entreprise
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation POSCO
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Indonésie
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
17 March 2020 National Contact Point Korea accept Initial assessment issued by Korean NCP accepting complaint téléchargez le document pdf (271Kb)  
12 December 2019 Korean Trans National Corporations Watch file Specific instance filed to the Korean NCP. téléchargez le document pdf (9740Kb)  
12 December 2019 Korean Trans National Corporations Watch press release Press release from KTNC Watch, PUSAKA, SKP-KAMe, WALHI Papua. téléchargez le document pdf (65Kb)  
12 December 2019 Korean Trans National Corporations Watch report Report by KTNC Watch, PUSAKA, SKP-KAMe and WALHI Papua regarding POSCO''s activities in Papua, Indonesia. téléchargez le document pdf (3217Kb)  

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