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MAB and Terra de Direitos vs Votorantim

Case overview

Date filed 6 June 2005
Current status Blocked
Issue Alcoa Alumínios et al hydroelectric dam in Brazil
Summary of the case The complaint alleges that Alcoa Alumínios S.A. and Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio, both of the Grupo Votorantim, have knowingly utilised a fraudulent environmental impact assessment to construct the Barra Grande hydroelectric plant in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. The companies are majority shareholders in Baesa consortium, the company responsible for the construction.

Developments/Outcome In September 2005, the Brazilian NCP accepted the case and held a meeting with the complainants. The head of the NCP promised to organize more meetings, but admitted that the political situation in Brazil would make it difficult to resolve the case. The complainants heard from unofficial sources that the NCP planned to close the case due to a lack of evidence about the behaviour of the companies; however, the NGOs maintain they have sufficient evidence. No progress has been made since, and the complainants consider the case “blocked”. They hope that the recent appointment of a new head of the NCP will handle the case more effectively than his predecessors.

Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Forced evictions and resettlement, Seeking/ accepting exemptions, Human rights, Political involvement, Environment, Energy sector

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Brazil
NCP address Sector da Autarquias Sul Quadra 03 70079 - 900 Brasilia DF, Brazil
NCP website http://www.fazenda.gov.br/multinacionaispcn/
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Grupo Votorantim
Company address Rua Amauri 255
01448-000 Sao Paulo
Brazil
Company website http://www.votorantim.com/site/en_default.asp
Company in violation Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio
Country of operations Brazil
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
6 June 2005 Movement of Populations Affected by Dams press release The complainants issued a press release about the filing of the complaint. download pdf (57Kb)  
6 June 2005 Movement of Populations Affected by Dams file Complaint filed at the Brazilian NCP.  

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