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23 Nov 2019

ActionAid and SOMO

Human Rights in Wind Turbine Supply Chains Update 2019

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...The present research assesses to what extent the wind turbine manufacturers conduct risk-based due diligence to prevent such impacts, in accordance with the government-backed OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines)...The report finds that while some small steps have been taken, the wind turbine manufacturers are not meeting the expectations for due diligence laid out by the OECD Guidelines. With the exception of GE, which acts on a number of specific risks related to conflict minerals, the manufacturers are generally unable to show how they have prioritised risks on adverse impacts on stakeholders, which concrete actions they have taken to prevent or mitigate harmful impacts, nor whether they monitor the implementation and results of these actions. Four of the seven companies (MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Goldwind, Lagerwey and Enercon) have not committed publicly to acting in accordance with the OECD Guidelines or the UNGPs...

The report recommends that wind turbine manufacturers that have not yet committed to the OECD Guidelines should do so immediately and that all companies should focus on improving their due diligence policies and practices in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance...The Dutch government needs to take action to ensure that wind turbine manufacturers are abiding by the government expectations laid out in the OECD Guidelines. Given the positive impact that the Dodd-Frank mandatory due diligence legislation in the United States appears to have had on GE's due diligence policies and practices, the Dutch government should introduce broad mandatory due diligence legislation that requires companies to undertake effective and thorough due diligence across their operations, supply chains and business relationships....