|Xayaburi Dam in Laos|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in Laos.|
|Theme(s)||Environment, General policies, Human rights|
|Date||11 Jun 2012|
|Host country(ies)||Lao People's Democratic Republic|
|Industry sector||Manufacturing, Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply|
In June 2012 the Finnish NCP received a request for review by an NGO alleging that the Finnish consultants Pöyry Oyj, and its Swiss subsidiary Pöyry Energy AG, had breached the general policies, human rights, and environment provisions of the Guidelines with the construction of Xayaburi Dam in Laos. Specifically the NGO alleged that Pöyry Oyj should have paid more attention to the negative effects of the dam project when studying its environmental and human rights impacts.
On 16 October 2012 the NCP completed their initial assessment of the request and accepted the specific instance.
During their review of the allegations the NCP found that, although the company should have addressed the ambiguities related to environmental and human rights issues of the dam project more clearly in its report to the government of Laos, it had not violated the Guidelines. The NCP issued a statement recommending that, in the future, companies should assess the risk of similar major projects more carefully and act more transparently.