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19 June 2018

Western Sahara: NGO raises human rights concerns regarding Nutrien's phosphate supply chain, Nutrien responds by confirming its plans to reduce imports from the region

In May 2018, Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) raised human rights concerns against Nutrien, which has been exploiting the occupied Western Sahara's phosphate resources. Nutrien, which is a merger of two major Canadian companies Agrium and...

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11 May 2016

Shareholders ask PotashCorp to conduct human rights impact assessment on its sourcing from Western Sahara

Author: [commentary] Fred Pinto, CEO of Oceanrock Investments, and Peter Chapman, executive director of Shareholder Association for Research and Education, in Globe & Mail (Canada)

"Companies need to do due diligence on human rights abroad", 10 May 2016...

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20 January 2016

Wespath excludes 39 companies from portfolio on human rights grounds

With external research provided by Sustainalytics, Wespath identified 39 companies for exclusion from its portfolios under its Human Rights Guideline.

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19 September 2014
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La principal fuente de ingresos de Marruecos se deriva de la extracción de fosfatos localizados en los territorios ocupados de Sahara Occidental, según denuncia del Observatorio de Recursos de Sahara Occidental (Western Sahara Resource Watch). El...

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7 September 2014

Report provides overview of companies purchasing phosphate from disputed Western Sahara territory, allegedly without benefits to locals

In June 2014. Western Sahara Resource Watch published a report detailing information about companies that purchase phosphate from Western Sahara.  The report alleges that phosphate provides the main source of income for Morocco, which illegally...

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Company response
3 September 2014

PotashCorp of Saskatchewan Responded

Author: PotashCorp of Saskatchewan, Canada

Thank you for the opportunity to respond. We are mindful of the concerns raised regarding the sourcing of phosphate rock from the Boucraa region in the Western Sahara. PotashCorp remains committed to ensuring that all our suppliers comply with...

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17 February 2014

Worker killed in incident at PotashCorp Cory mine (Canada)

Author: CTV News

A 31-year-old man has died after a workplace incident at the PotashCorp Cory mine just west of Saskatoon...The man was working underground when part of the roof or sidewall became dislodged and fell on top of him...PotashCorp...said "This is a very...

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30 September 2013

Swedish AP Funds exclude four companies accused of contravening international conventions

Author: Ethical Council (Sweden)

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Incitec Pivot & Walmart to respond. Incitec Pivot response provided. Walmart did not respond]. [Swedish pension funds] are to divest their holdings in Walmart, Freeport McMoRan, Incitec Pivot...

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Company response
21 December 2011

Response by PotashCorp: PotashCorp excluded from Norwegian Govt. Pension Fund Global's "investment universe" over purchases of phosphates from Western Sahara.

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12 December 2011

[PDF] Annual Report 2011: Council of Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global [Norway]

Author: Council of Ethics for the Govt. Pension Fund Global [Norway]

Since the last annual report, four new recommendations have been made public. In these recommendations, the Council on Ethics recommended the exclusion of five companies from the Fund. The Ministry of Finance has excluded three companies and put one...

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