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Human Rights Assessment of Goldcorp's Marlin Mine in Guatemala

The independent human rights assessment of Goldcorp's Marlin Mine in Guatemala was published on 17 May, 2010.  The assessment calls for a halt to mine expansion, measures to address health, safety, labour rights issues and to obtain consent of indigenous community.

  • Goldcorp response
    "The delivery of the assessment report is the next step of a continuous process of engagement with interested stakeholders," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer. "Goldcorp appreciates the diligent efforts by the Steering Committee to manage the process, by On Common Ground to conduct the assessment…" Consistent with its commitment to respond to the report's findings and recommendations, a detailed response to the recommendations and an action plan will be announced once the company has had an opportunity to review the over 200-page report.

  • “Independent report criticizes Goldcorp's human rights record in Guatemala”, Kristine Owram, The Canadian Press, 17 May 2010
    Goldcorp should halt all land acquisition, exploration activities and mine expansion projects in Guatemala until local communities are properly consulted, according to a new assessment...undertaken by an independent consultant at the behest of Goldcorp after "a group of socially responsible shareholders" asked the company to assess its track record...The report…found that Goldcorp hasn't properly addressed the health impacts of mine contamination and has actively discouraged the formation of a union…[and that] employees' safety is at risk due to an ongoing pattern of social unrest at the mine…It also commended…the mine's contribution to local communities and government revenue streams through employment of local people.

  • Goldcorp’s “fundamentally and irrevocably flawed and unacceptable" ‘human rights impact assessment’, Rights Action, 17 May 2010
    The environmental and health harms and human rights violations caused by Goldcorp’s cyanide leaching, open pit gold mine in Guatemala are not “Guatemalan” problems; they are “Canadian” and “USA” problems as well…In preparing this commentary, we do not question the motivations of the Shareholder-Investors in promoting a human rights investigation into Goldcorp’s operation.  While there is a real and immediate need for a balanced and proper human rights investigation into the environmental and health harms and human rights violations caused by Goldcorp’s mine in Guatemala, this is not the way to do it.