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3 Jul 2015

Indonesia: NGOs file complaint against Holcim to Swiss National Contact Point, allege land rights abuses - company responds

On 19 March 2015, a group on NGOs and other civil society organizations, on behalf of the Ringinrejo people of East Java, filed a complaint to the Swiss OECD National Contact Point (NCP) against Holcim Indonesia (part of Holcim Group, a Swiss building materials and aggregates company). The complaint alleges that Holcim Indonesia is violating the OECD Guidelines and causing adverse human rights impact to local communities, including by violating Indonesian laws on compensation for land's acquisition. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Holcim Group to respond to the allegations and the company did so. In June 2015, the Swiss NCP published a initial assessment of the complaint. It concluded that the issues raised merit further considerations and accepted the instance.