|Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Lead NCP||United Kingdom|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) regarding the activities of De Beers operating in the DRC.|
|Date||1 Oct 2003|
|Host country(ies)||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Industry sector||Manufacturing, Mining and quarrying, Wholesale and retail trade|
Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP - 2004
In October 2003, a report was issued by the Second UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the DRC which included an annex listing companies who, in their view, had violated the Guidelines. This list included the UK-based company De Beers.
The UN Expert Panel based its allegations on a claim that De Beers failed to monitor the compliance of siteholders with the Diamond Trading Company’s Diamond Best Practice Principles, and listed the company as "Category 3 – unresolved cases referred to the NCP for updating or investigation".
Note: As the UN Expert Panel did not specify which provisions of the Guidelines were breached in this specific instance, it has been classified under "general policies".