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25 Sep 2009

UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

[DOC] Final Statement by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Complaint from Survival International against Vedanta Resources plc

The UK National Contact Point (NCP)...concludes that...Vedanta failed to engage the Dongria Kondh in adequate and timely consultations about the construction of the mine, or to use other mechanisms to assess the implications of its activities on the community such as an indigenous or human rights impact assessment...the UK NCP makes the following recommendations:...Vedanta should immediately and adequately engage with the Dongria Kondh seeking, in particular, the Dongria Kondh’s views on the construction of the bauxite mine, access of the Dongria Kondh to the project affected area, ways to secure the Dongria Kondh’s traditional livelihood, and exploring alternative arrangements (other than re-settlement) for the affected Dongria Kondh’s families. The company should respect the outcome of the consultation process...Vedanta should include a human and indigenous rights impact assessment in its project management process...It is ...essential that...impact assessment and consultation procedures do not remain a “paper policy”...Both parties are asked to provide the UK NCP with an update by 29 December 2009 on the implementation of the UK NCP’s recommendations. [Includes Vedanta Resources response to original complaint]

Part of the following timelines

UK: Govt. criticizes Vedanta for breaching OECD guidelines, not respecting rights of indigenous Dongria Kondh in Orissa mining project.

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)