Alleged violation of human rights and environmental issues in Brazil
Lead NCPBrazil
Supporting NCP(s)Netherlands
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by Brazilian NGOs regarding the activities of Van Oord, a Dutch multinational enterprise, operating in Brazil.
Theme(s)Disclosure, Environment, General policies, Human rights
Date8 Jun 2015
Host country(ies)Brazil
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusIn progress

In June 2015, the Brazilian NCP received a request for review from several Brazilian NGOs alleging that Van Oord, a Dutch multinational enterprise, had breached the general policies, disclosure, human rights, and environment provisions of the Guidelines in Pernambuco/Brazil.

The main allegations made by the NGOs were that the enterprise:

  1. Had failed to disclose relevant information in relation to the social, economic and environmental impacts of its operations, in particular for civil society and traditional communities living in the region;
  2. Operations would have adverse environmental impacts on the fish in the area of operations;
  3. Had not undertaken adequate due diligence or a proper assessment of these impacts.

On 18 August 2015, after analysing the NGOs' request, the NCP concluded that the issues raised against Van Oord merited further examination and accepted the case. There have been two mediation meetings and now the NGOs and Van Oord are requesting a meeting with the Port of Suape - Complexo Industrial Portuário Eraldo Gueiros - to propose that they should participate and share the costs of repair with Van Oord.