Brazil: Vice Chair of Parliamentary Subcommittee on Intl. Human Rights says policies for Canadian companies via the Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor have “no teeth”
"Federally Backed Mine Accused of Human Rights Abuses-Mine watchdog says Brazilian citizens were forced from their land by a Toronto company supported by Ottawa", 12 Dec 2017
A Canadian mine industry watchdog is calling on the Brazilian government to suspend the activities of an Ottawa-backed mine in Brazil until it rectifies alleged human rights abuses. The organization also wants Ottawa to suspend financial dealings with the company...[T]he report said a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, headquartered in Toronto, has forced nearby residents at the Morro do Ouro mine near Paracuta off their land. Kinross owns Brazil-based Kinross Brasil Mineração, which operates the mine...Kinross has benefited from $850 million in federal government financing from Export Development Canada and a further $42 million in equity is held by the Canada Pension Plan, down from $60 million earlier this year.
The company insists it acquired the land legally. In a statement to The Tyee, Kinross rejected the allegations and called the report "out of date," arguing it uses selective information...Windsor-Tecumseh NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle, the vice chair of the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights, said policies for Canadian companies via the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor meant to address human rights abroad have "no teeth." "The framework doesn't have any legally binding regulations right now," she said.