Copper mining in Ecuador
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGOs, Mining Watch Canada (MW), Friends of the Earth Canada (FoE) and DECOIN (Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag) regarding the activities of Ascendant Copper Corporation, a Canadian multinational enterprise operating in Ecuador.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, Disclosure, Environment, General policies
Date16 May 2005
Host country(ies)Ecuador
SourceNGO
Industry sectorMining and quarrying, Construction
StatusConcluded
Summary

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In May 2005, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from the NGOs, Mining Watch Canada (MW), Friends of the Earth Canada (FoE) and DECOIN (Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag) regarding the activities of Ascendant Copper Corporation in Ecuador.  The issues raised included respect for national law, human rights, refraining from seeking exemptions, disclosure policies, and communication with the public and employees on environmental, health and safety impacts.

The NCP’s initial assessment determined that the issues raised in the submission merited further examination and offered its good offices to Ascendant and DECOIN to participate in an NCP-facilitated dialogue.

While both parties initially agreed to participate, in January 2006, the NGOs withdrew from the process, citing their disagreement with the set terms of reference for the meeting, specifically the need to maintain confidentiality.  In response to this action, the NCP sent the NGOs and Ascendant letters indicating that the NCP remained open and willing to facilitate a dialogue consistent with the Guidelines should the parties wish to reconsider their decision. Furthermore, the NCP encouraged Ascendant to continue to independently pursue ongoing dialogue with communities affected by their operations with a view to resolving outstanding issues. Finally, the Canadian NCP indicated an intention to monitor Ascendant's operations in Ecuador via the Canadian Embassy in Quito.