Global Legal Action Network & San Leon Energy
Lead NCPIreland
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance alleging a non-observance of the OECD MNE Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date24 Oct 2018
Host country(ies)None
Industry sectorElectricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
StatusIn progress

Read the initial statement published 18 January 2021: English

On 24 October 2018, Global Legal Action Network submitted a specific instance to the Irish NCP alleging that San Leon Energy, an independent oil and gas exploration company with headquarters in Ireland, did not observe the General Policies (Chapter II) and Human Rights (Chapter IV) provisions of the Guidelines. The submission concerns oil and gas exploration undertaken in Western Sahara. The submitter claims that the company failed to respect human rights obligations pertaining to the self-determination of indigenous peoples and their sovereignty over natural resources. The submitter further alleges that the company failed to conduct meaningful stakeholder engagement before carrying out the exploration.

On 18 January 2021, the Irish NCP published the initial statement deciding to accept the case, limiting the scope to issues relating directly to the Company regarding decisions taken at headquarter level in Ireland. Good offices have been offered and mediation is expected to begin shortly.