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21 Jul 2022


OECD Contact Point in Ireland accepts complaint against Electricity Supply Board for lack of due diligence in purchase of Colombian coal from Cerrejón

"Initial Assessment by the Ireland National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises"


The complaint is made by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) (hereinafter “the Notifier”), an NGO, in collaboration with Christian Aid, ABColombia, Arbeitsgruppe Schweiz Kolumbien (ask!), AIDA (the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense), CINEP (Centro de Investigación y Educación), and CAJAR (Colectivo de Abogados ‘José Alvear Restrepo’) (hereinafter collectively referred to as “the Complainants”).

The complaint is against the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) (hereinafter “the Corporation”) regarding their purchase of coal produced from the Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, Colombia.

...GLAN alleges that the Corporation has failed to meet its obligations related to due diligence, disclosure, human rights and environment, linked to the alleged adverse impacts experienced in Colombia.

...The Corporation has disputed each of the claims presented in this specific instance, stating it has appropriately addressed the recommendations of the Guidelines through its membership of the “Bettercoal” initiative..

The Ireland NCP has decided that the complaint merits further examination and will proceed to the offer of good offices to enable mediation between the parties. This relates solely to these issues in the context of the activities at the Irish Corporation and not to the day-to-day impacts at the mine in Colombia.

The Ireland NCP sets out the reasons for this decision in the interests of transparency and accountability. The decision to offer the good offices does not determine whether the Corporation has acted consistently or inconsistently with the Guidelines.