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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

19/01/2021

OECD claims against BHP, Anglo American, Glencore and Ireland’s state-owned energy provider lodged today

The Financial Times has reported today of parallel complaints that were filed simultaneously in Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) before Multiple National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). They will begin the process of investigating three international mining giants (BHP, Anglo American and Glencore) over allegations of serious human rights abuses and devastating environmental pollution at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia, and investigating Ireland’s state-owned energy provider, the ESB, over purchases of coal from the mine having allegedly failed to identify adverse impacts which are directly linked to the mine operations.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

If successful, the three companies that jointly own the Cerrejón mine (BHP, Anglo American, and Glencore) will have to take steps to comply with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including progressively closing down the mine in full and environmental restoration. The complaints against the mining giants also call for the full compensation of communities for the harms they allege they have suffered.

Separate complaints have also been lodged against Dublin-based Coal Marketing Company (CMC), which is the exclusive marketer of coal from the Colombian mine, as well as Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) (95% owned by the Irish state), which has been a major purchaser of the mine’s coal. In 2019, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended that Ireland “consider stopping purchasing coal from the Cerrejón mine”.

All five complaints have been lodged with the relevant National Contact Points for the OECD, which are tasked with ensuring that companies comply with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Monica Feria-Tinta was instructed by GLAN in the preparation of the OECD complaints.

GLAN’s work was led by legal researcher Aislinn Kelly-Lyth. The complaints are being supported by a coalition of Colombian, Irish and international human rights and environmental NGOs.

 

The action has been reported by the Financial Times. It has also been widely reported by media in Australia, England and Ireland including the Independent, The Irish Times and the ABC.

The complaints can be found here:

BHP, Anglo American, and Glencore

ESB

CMC

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