OECD Guidelines complaint against GCM Resources over planned Bangladesh coal mine

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6 March 2008

Don't undermine Bangladesh

Author: World Development Movement

UK company Global Coal Management (GCM) are planning to build a coal mine in Bangladesh which will destroy the homes of 40,000 people and threaten the water supply of more than 100,000.

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27 February 2012

UN experts says open-pit coal mine project in Bangladesh threatens human rights

Author: United Nations

The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and jeopardize their access to basic needs, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts warned today...The group noted that if opened, the proposed mine would immediately displace an estimated 50,000 to 130,000 people, with up to 220,000 potentially being affected over time as irrigation channels and wells dry up...“The Phulbari development would displace vulnerable farming communities, and threaten the livelihoods of thousands more by doing irreversible damage to water sources and ecosystems in the region,” the experts said.

 

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19 December 2012

Bangladesh mine activists dump coal outside GCM meeting in London

Author: Simon Neville, Guardian [UK]

Activists dumped coal outside the annual meeting of mining firm GCM Resources in London on Thursday in protest at the company's plans for a controversial mine in Bangladesh...The firm...wants to run an open pit coal mine in the Phulbari township in the north of the country, despite claims that up to 130,000 people could be displaced and warnings by the UN that human rights could be violated...An official complaint to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has been made [mentioning] a UN report from earlier this year warning that "access to safe drinking water for some 220,000 people is at stake"...The company claims the mine will displace 40,000 people but create 17,000 jobs...GCM said development of the mine was essential for meeting Bangladesh's energy needs...

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13 February 2013

Mining Executive Behind Phulbari Project Resigns [Bangladesh]

Author: Cultural Survival

Amid a flurry of recent protests, strikes, negative press, and shareholder divestment, British coal company GCM Resources’ executive Grahram Taggart resigned last week. The company has plans to construct an open-pit coal mine in Northern Bangladesh that is widely opposed by local Indigenous Peoples, grassroots organizations, environmentalists and UN Special Rapporteurs….GCM’s largest shareholder, Polo Resources, announced in January that they are looking to divest their 30% stake in the company, just weeks after an activists crashed the annual shareholder’s meeting to deliver coal while dressed up as Santa Claus.

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13 June 2013

GCM Resources says OECD investigates claims further

Author: StockMarketWire

GCM Resources...said the OECD's National Contact Point unit is investigating claims made against the company further...The Company has consistently maintained that the Phulbari Coal Project is planned to enhance the human rights for the people of the Dinajpur area as well as the Bangladesh population. Upon development, the Project would support up to 4000MW of power generation for the country, significantly increasing the electricity availability for the country. The additional electricity would drive economic and social development and help Bangladesh towards meeting its Millennium Development Goals. GCM maintains its commitment to develop the Project in alignment with the highest international and national social and environmental standards. Extensive studies have been conducted into the potential impacts of mining and associated activities, and plans have been prepared in accordance with the highest international standards to mitigate any adverse impacts and at the same to magnify the potential benefits, such as improved water quality and living conditions.

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13 June 2013

UK government accepts complaint over GCM Resources’ Bangladesh coal mine

Author: Miriam Ross, World Development Movement

British company GCM Resources was dealt a serious blow today as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) agreed to consider complaints regarding severe human rights violations associated with the company’s planned coal mine in Bangladesh. GCM wants to open a massive open-pit coal mine in Phulbari in the north-west of Bangladesh, displacing up to 220,000 people…The complaint by the International Accountability Project and the World Development Movement claims that the mine…would breach OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. It would violate the human rights of indigenous people from 23 different tribal groups…GCM appealed to the OECD to reject the complaint, but the UK National Contact Point, the governmental body that addresses violations of the OECD guidelines by British companies abroad, has agreed to pursue the issue.

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13 June 2013

UK NCP initial assessment: complaint from the International Accountability Project and the World Development Movement against GCM Resources Plc in Bangladesh

Author: UK National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines

The statement records the decision of the UK National Contact Point to accept for further consideration a complaint from two non-governmental organisations that a UK company acted inconsistently with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in developing plans for coal mining in Bangladesh. The OECD guidelines provide recommendations for business conduct that the UK government encourages UK businesses to comply with wherever they are trading and operating.

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19 November 2014

GCM Resources says OECD investigation findings mostly in its favour

Author: Sam Unsted, Alliance News

"GCM Shares Jump As OECD Investigation Findings Mostly In Its Favour",

GCM Resources PLC on Thursday said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's investigation of the company has been finalised and released, with the majority of the rulings in the company's favour....Six alleged breaches of OECD guidelines by the company regarding the Phulbari coal project in Bangladesh were rejected by the organisation's UK National Contact Point, with only one ruled as a partial breach, which related to GCM's reduced communications with local communities between 2006 and 2012. In December 2012, activist groups lodged a complaint against GCM Resources alleging it had breached the OECD guidelines for multinational companies with its plans for the developing the Phulbari coal project in Bangladesh...GCM defended its plans at the time of the complaint, saying they will enhance the human rights for the people of the Dinajpur area as well as the Bangladesh population because the project will support up to 4,000 megawatts of power generation for the country. It said it had extensively studied the potential impact of mining at the site, and prepared plans to mitigate any adverse impact while providing benefits, such as improved water quality and living conditions.

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19 November 2014

UK NCP final statement: complaint from IAP and WDM against GCM Resources Plc in Bangladesh

Author: UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

UK National Contact Point final statement on a complaint against a UK company developing plans for coal mining in Bangladesh.

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21 November 2014

UK urges GCM Resources to assess human rights impact of Bangladesh coal mine

Author: World Development Movement

The UK government has urged British company GCM Resources to assess how its planned coal mine in Bangladesh would affect the human rights of local people, and has condemned the company for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour. Its findings...state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there.” The UK government statement follows an investigation into GCM’s activities in the Phulbari region of north-west Bangladesh, where it wants to open a massive open-pit coal mine. The investigation concluded that the company had breached the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises by failing to “foster confidence and mutual trust” with the people who would be affected by the mine.

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