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Issue: Holcim’s complicity in HR abuses and conflict in Indonesia

Description Indonesian and Swiss NGOs filed a complaint to the Swiss NCP against PT. Holcim Indonesia, part of Holcim Ltd Group from Switzerland, a global holding company producing cement, aggregates, ready-made concrete and asphalt, and supporting services. The complainants allege that Holcim Indonesia breached a number of OECD Guidelines provisions by putting 826 households (about 3,000 persons) in Ringinrejo at risk of being evicted from lands they cultivated for the past 19 years by giving this land to the Ministry of Forestry as compensation land for the forest areas that Holcim used for mining and cement factories in Tuban, East Java.

According to the complainants, Holcim failed to conduct human rights due diligence and engage with relevant stakeholders in order to provide meaningful opportunities for the views of the local communities to be taken into account before designating the land as a compensation land. Furthermore, complainants consider that the stakeholder consultation process taken by Holcim did not include the directly affected people of Ringinrejo, but rather new migrant farmers from outside the region who do not live on the compensation land. Although the villagers have not yet been evicted from their lands, they remain in an uncertain limbo as to the future of their livelihood.

The complainants request that the Swiss NCP facilitate a dialogue with the company aimed at agreeing on alternative compensation land that does not interfere with the rights of Ringinrejo villagers.
Developments/Outcome After an initial assessment, the NCP concluded that the issues raised merit further consideration. The NCP therefore accepted the specific instance and has brought he parties together for mediation with the help of an external mediator.

1 cases relating to 'Holcim’s complicity in HR abuses and conflict in Indonesia':

Title Issue Date filed Status
ELSAM et all. vs. Holcim Indonesia Holcim’s complicity in HR abuses and conflict in Indonesia 19 March 2015 Concluded

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