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6 Apr 2017

Vigeo Eiris

Vigeo Eiris response to Western Sahara Resource Watch rejoinder #2

We have provided three responses in this correspondence already and the latest letter from WSRW does not appear to raise new questions...We have explained that we are of opinion that the solar and wind energy projects have general public benefits through carbon reduction and also can drive the improvement of people’s living conditions and that we will monitor, as we do for all bonds issuers, Masen’s commitment and capacity to report on the socio-economic conditions of the local populations. We do not believe that international law or other human rights due diligence require us to seek any particular consent to carry out the work we have undertaken, and we have also emphasised that to date no authorised international institution has declared Masen’s projects to be in breach of international law. Our focus remains the provision of independent research to investors and companies who wish to take account of ESG factors in their decision making. We have been clear that we do not seek to intervene on the disputed future status of Western Sahara/Southern Provinces of Morocco nor on the best way to achieve the self determination of the people. We have said that we are aware that this is as a matter for the parties and the UN Security Council.

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