Gold mining in Mali
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a Union regarding the activities of a Canadian multinational enterprise operating in Mali.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies
Date19 May 2015
Host country(ies)Mali
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusIn progress

On 19 May 2015, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from a Labour Union alleging that a Canadian multinational enterprise, Endeavour Mining, had breached the Concepts and Principles, and General Policies chapters of the Guidelines in Mali. More specifically it is alleged that the company has improperly dismissed unionised employees; and did not have adequate health and safety systems in place to protect some employees from exposure to harmful metals. Both parties were positively engaged with the NCP during the Initial Assessment phase. 

The NCP finalised its Initial Assessment, noting that the two issues raised were material to the OECD Guidelines, that the first issue was partially substantiated, that the second issue was substantiated, and that the Request for Review merited further examination.  The NCP has offered its good offices for dialogue facilitation, and both parties have accepted.  The process is ongoing.