BKW Group and Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland
Lead NCPSwitzerland
Supporting NCP(s)Norway
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland concerning an alleged non-observance of the Guidelines by BKW Group
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date16 Jan 2020
Host country(ies)Norway
Industry sectorElectricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
StatusIn progress

 Read the initial assessment issued by the Swiss NCP – 12 May 2020.

On 16 January 2020, the Swiss NCP received a specific instance from the Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland, an NGO, alleging that BKW Group, an energy and infrastructure company, violated the human rights of the Sami indigenous people as a result of its minority stake in the construction of the “Fosen Vind DA”wind power plant in Norway The submission relates to BKW Group's due diligence process to prevent or mitigate possible impacts and consultations with the indigenous community.

On 12 May 2020, the NCP published its initial assessment in which it concluded that the issues raised in the submission merit further consideration. The NCP accepted the specific instance and has offered its good offices to the parties.