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Tanzania: Legal & Human Rights Centre releases national Human Rights & Business Report for 2014

The Legal & Human Rights Centre released its third annual "Human Rights & Business Report" in late June 2015, taking stock of the human rights impacts of businesses on labour rights, environment, land rights, gender, as well as payment of taxes by companies. It also covers the performance of government agencies responsible for regulating businesses' conduct. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited certain companies named in connection with serious concerns raised in the report to respond to the report: Alliance One Tobacco, Mamujee Products, Highland Estates, Mtibwa Sugar Estate. Mamujee Products & Alliance One Tobacco have responded (see below). Highland Estates & Mtibwa Sugar Estate did not respond.

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13 July 2015

Human Rights & Business Report of 2014

Author: Legal & Human Rights Centre (Tanzania)

published June 2015

This report presents the findings of the situational analysis on the status of compliance to human rights based standards by corporate sector in Tanzania. The assessment was done in a form of a study which covered 15 (50%) regions of Tanzania Mainland. The study samples were chosen in terms of geographical location; availability of various types of investments; findings of LHRC’s previous studies of 2011, 2012 and 2013 in order to assess improvements; and the so called ‘hot spots’ areas, which are notorious for human rights violations.

[Cites concerns re:

- Labour rights issues at: Mtibwa Sugar, Mapsell Security, Killflair, Highland Estates, Coffee Curing Company, Bella View Company, Alliance One Tobacco, Mohammed Enterprises (part of METL Group), Manyara Whitehouse Hotel, Mamujee Products, TPM (1998) Limited, ICA Investment, Lee Cement, Corridor Spring Hotel, Minjingu Mines & Fertilizer, Dangote Cement, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, SIETCO Construction, Spring City Zhenua Garage, Chemi & Cotex Industries (Chemicotex), Tanzania Poultry Farms, Nile Perch Fisheries, VicFish (part of Bahari Bounty), Tigo (part of Millicom), Musoma Fish Processors (part of Alpha Group), Mbarali Estate (part of Highland Estates), Waves (part of Airtel), Mara Coffee (part of Demeter Group), Kapunga Rice Project (part of Export Trading Group), CRJE East Africa (part of China Railway Jianchang Engineering), 

- Land rights impacts of: NAFCO (National Food & Agricultural Corp.), Kapunga Rice Project (part of Export Trading Group), Ortello Business Corp. (OBC), Gendabi Salt (part of Hans Industries), Manyara Cement, Tanzania Breweries (part of SABMiller), Mbarali Estate (part of Highland Estates)

- Tax issues involving: Minjingu Mines & Fertilizer, Acacia Lodge, Miombo Estate, Chemchem Safari Lodge (part of En Un Afrique), Sinyati Ltd., Roika Hotel, And Beyond, Sopa Management, Osupuko Lodges

- CSR and community impacts of: Highland Estates, Zanet (security)

- Environmental justice impacts of: North Mara Gold Mine (part of Acacia Mining), Muwasa, Kagera Fish Limited, ICA Investment, Tanzania Breweries (part of SABMiller), Dangote Industries

- Impacts on women, children, disabled & other vulnerable groups involving Nile Perch Fisheries

Companies cited for good practices: Tanzania Poultry Farms, ICA Investment, Kagera Tea, Tanganyika Instant Coffee (Tanica), Tanzania Breweries (part of SABMiller), Mbeya Cement (part of Lafarge), Coca-Cola Kwanza (part of Coca-Cola Sabco)]

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Company response
12 July 2015

Mamujee Products response

Author: Mamujee Products

It's by surprise that we found out of such allegations against our company inteh LHRC report...We have for long now, to the best of our ability followed all the legal requirements in connection with labour laws and workers compensation. [addresses cases of workplace injuries]

[Mamujee Products also sent the following documents as part of their response:

- letter from Mamujee Products to Edna Danga (in Swahili), 21 May 2013

- letter from Edna Danga to Mamujee Products (in Swahili), 22 May 2013

- letter from Mamujee Products regarding Edna Danga (in Swahili), 24 May 2013

- written claim by employee Edna Danga (in Swahili), August 2014

- cover letter from Mamujee Products to Regional Labour Officer re notification of accident, June 2010 (full accident report not provided)

- written response by Ministry of Labour to injury report & workers compensation issue, 25 March 2013

- invoice for medical services, Muhimbili Orthopaedic Services, April 2012, and receipt for payment]

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Company response
12 July 2015

Alliance One International Response

Author: Alliance One International

"Alliance One International Response to Business & Human Rights Resource Center"

Our Company strives for world-class safety and health performance across the globe and, for fiscal year 2015, Alliance One International’s Lost Time Injury (LTI) rate was 0.95 lost working days per 100 full-time employees. Should any injuries occur on the job, Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania has a clear process on how to care for and support the affected employee and this procedure abides by all local regulations. Understanding that health care is not always accessible to our employees in Tanzania, the Company additionally has an on-site medical clinic to not only care for any job-related injuries but also provide ongoing health care and support for employees. As the worker’s compensation case mentioned in the report is ongoing, we cannot provide any details at this time.

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Company non-response
11 July 2015

Highland Estates did not respond

Company non-response
11 July 2015

Mtibwa Sugar Estates did not respond

24 June 2015

Video: Flaviana Charles introduces annual report on business & human rights in Tanzania

Author: Flaviana Charles, Legal and Human Rights Centre (Tanzania)

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