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CGB Network vs H.C. Starck

Case overview

Date filed 2 October 2003
Current status Rejected
Issue H.C.Starck buying coltan from DRC supporting the conflict
Summary of the case The Coalition against BAYER-Danger (CBG-Network) has contacted the German NCP regarding H.C. Starck's mineral tantalite from the civil war zone in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The export revenues from mineral trading by active rebel groups in that region are thought to be used for the recruitment of soldiers and purchase of weapons. The United Nations report on Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources of the Congo has confirmed this and H.C. Starck's involvement in minteral trade with the eastern DRC.

Although H.C. Starck has reported not to source tantatile from the DRC since August 2001, a supplementary UN publication has reported that after that date at least one more delivery was made to H.C. Starck. According to the UN H.C. Starck has also received materials from the company Eagle Wings Bukavu from the DRC. As H.C. Starck has responded to this allegation that it "had no direct contact with Eagle Wings", it remains unclear whether raw materials of Eagle Wings were indeed delivered or not.
Developments/Outcome On 3 October 2003, the CBG-Network called upon the German NCP to clarify whether there are still unresolved issues with H.C. Starck and to investigate whether H.C. Starck has violated any Guidelines during its trade relationship with the DRC. On 12 December 2003 the complaintant received word from the NCP that it would not follow-up on this case.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Extractives / mining sector, United Nations, Violent conflict

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Germany
NCP address Scharnhorststrasse 34-37 D-10115 Berlin, Germany
NCP website
Other NCPs involved



Company Information

Company responsible H.C. Starck
Company address Im Schleeke 78-91
38642 goslar
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
12 December 2003 National Contact Point Germany reject Case rejected by German NCP  
2 October 2003 Coalition against BAYER dangers file Complaint filed at German NCP  

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