|Mining in Liberia|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the NGOs Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe and Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)/FoE Liberia regarding the activities of ArcelorMittal operating in Liberia.|
|Theme(s)||Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion, General policies|
|Date||3 Jan 2011|
|Industry sector||Mining and quarrying|
Read the initial assessment issued by the Luxembourg NCP - October 2011
Read the final statement issued by the Luxembourg NCP concluding the specific instance - September 2013
In January 2011 the Netherlands NCP received a request for review from the NGOs Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe and Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)/FoE Liberia alleging that ArcelorMittal had breached the combatting bribery, and general policies provisions of the Guidelines in Liberia. As ArcelorMittal is based in Luxembourg, the specific instance was transferred to the Luxembourg NCP, while the Netherlands NCP plays a supporting role.
Among numerous allegations, FoE and SDI’s concerns included:
ArcelorMittal rejected the allegations made against it.
The Luxembourg NCP determined that it was outside the mandate of the NCP to judge whether ArcelorMittal had acted in compliance with domestic or international law and thus excluded the first allegation regarding the pick-up trucks from the complaints procedure. The NCP believed FoE provided sufficient information on the remaining allegations and, after completing the initial assessment, it offered to provide mediation assistance to both parties. The parties agreed to mediation by an expert mediator, Dr. Maartje can Putten, with the aim to draft a proposal for improving management of the CSDF.