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8 Feb 2021

Author:
Belarusian Coordination Council

Letter to Glencore: Important information about your partner BNK UK Ltd.

...We appreciate Glencore’s commitment to responsibly source commodities and conduct its business in accordance with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For this reason we would like to draw your attention to one of Glencore’s petroleum products providers, BNK UK Ltd. This company represents commercial interests of Belarusian oil refineries in the UK. These refineries are state owned and their revenues constitute a significant contribution to the budget of the Republic of Belarus. Unfortunately this budget is then used by the regime in place to oppress civil society demanding free and fair elections...

In this context we ask Glencore to:

  1. Immediately suspend (pending assessment under point 2 below) all business relationships with BNK UK Ltd and any other entity controlled by the state of Belarus;
  2. Promptly proceed with assessment of human rights impact of the company’s business relationships with BNK UK Ltd ;
  3. Share the results of the above assessment with (insert the name of the organisation) ;
  4. Based on the outcome of the assessment, terminate all business relationships with BNK UK Ltd and any other entity controlled by the state of Belarus and issue an public statement in that respect...

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