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UN Panel of Experts vs, Speciality Metals Company

Case overview

Date filed 25 September 2003
Current status Concluded
Issue Trading activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Summary of the case In 2002, the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the DRC issued a report which included an annex listing companies which, in their view, had violated the Guidelines in the DRC.

In September 2003, the UN Expert Panel issued another report listing Speciality Metals Company, a Belgian trading company, as not having responded to the Panel's requests for information and referred it to the Belgian NCP to follow up the alleged violations.
Developments/Outcome The information provided by the UN panel regarding the company's alleged breaches was too vague for the NCP to consider the specific instance. Moreover Specialty Metals provided answers to the panel which the panel did not acknowledge. The NCP met with the company, but there was no other party with which to mediate, as the expert panel was no longer in place 15 days after the specific instance was raised. The NCP therefore issued a recommendation for the company to act in accordance with the Guidelines. A press release to this effect was issued (in French).

Note: As the UN Expert Panel did not specify which provisions of the Guidelines were breached in this specific instance, it has been classified under "general policies".

Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Extractives / mining sector

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Belgium
NCP address Rue du Progrès 50 1210 Brussels, Belgium
NCP website www.ocde-principesdirecteurs.fgov.be
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

Company Information

Company responsible Speciality Metals Company
Company address
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
9 October 2003 National Contact Point Belgium press release The information provided by the UN panel regarding the company's alleged breaches was too vague for the NCP to consider the specific instance. Moreover Specialty Metals provided answers to the panel which the panel did not acknowledge. The NCP met with the company, but there was no other party with which to mediate, as the expert panel was no longer in place 15 days after the specific instance was raised. The NCP therefore issued a recommendation for the company to act in accordance with the Guidelines. A press release to this effect was issued (in French). download pdf (6Kb)  

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