Swedish energy firm Vattenfall conducts “first” analysis of human rights risks of sourcing from Colombia

Author: Vattenfall, Published on: 8 November 2017

“New report on human rights risks in Colombia” – 07 November 2017

…In March 2017, Vattenfall conducted an on-site enhanced due diligence to identify possible human rights risks through our coal procurement activities in Colombia. Now, a report with recommendations has been published…The main objective of the three-week visit in Colombia, conducted by two representatives from Vattenfall’s responsible sourcing and sustainability departments, was to identify possible adverse human rights risks in Vattenfall’s coal supply chain…“Vattenfall is the first European utility to conduct such a risk analysis and many stakeholders, including several NGOs, have reacted positively on our action,” says Annika Ramsköld, head of Corporate Sustainability at Vattenfall…The report focuses on the four main human rights risks: Workers’ Rights (Occupational Health and Safety and Freedom of Association); Displacement and Land Restitution in the Internal Armed Conflict; Involuntary Resettlement; and Environment and Communities…To create more transparency in the coal supply chain, Vattenfall has started publishing a full list of direct coal suppliers to its plants: Vattenfall’s Hard Coal Procurement Explained

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Related companies: Anglo American BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) Cerrejón Coal (joint venture Anglo American, BHP & Glencore) Colombia Natural Resources, CNR (part of Murray Energy) Drummond Glencore Prodeco (part of Glencore) Vattenfall