Kinross Brasil Mineração and Paracatu neighboring associations
Lead NCPBrazil
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by residents' association of Paracatu of urban districts and rural district of Machadinho regarding the activities of Kinross, a Canadian multinational company operating in Brazil.
Theme(s)Environment, General policies, Human rights
Date18 Jun 2013
Host country(ies)Brazil
SourceOther interested parties
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the final statement issued by the Brazilian NCP - 21 December 2016

On 18 June 2013, the Brazilian NCP received a submission from the city of Paracatu’s neighbouring associations alleging that Kinross Brasil Mineração, part of the Canadian multinational enterprise “Kinross Gold Corporation Group”, did not observe the Guidelines.

More specifically, the submitters alleged that the use of explosives by Kinross damaged surrounding homes and that some of the infrastructure built by Kinross made access from the rural area of Machadinho to the city of Paracatu difficult.

In August 2013, the NCP accepted the submission for further examination and offered its good offices which were accepted by both parties. Three mediation meetings took place between September 2015 and September 2016, and the parties reached an agreement.

Although no link was established between the company’s use of explosives and the damage to homes, Kinross stated its intent to repair the homes in three urban neighbourhoods through a partnership project with the City of Paracatu and the active participation of the community.

On 22 September 2016, the NCP concluded the specific instance and a final statement was released on 21 December 2016. The NCP recommends that Kinross:

  • Meet its commitment to support the community of Machadinho in providing guidance on how to apply the company’s program in Paracatu;
  • Inform residents from neighbouring areas of their work and future projects to build a relationship of trust;
  • Conduct due diligence processes that assess the adverse impacts of its mining activities.

In addition, the NCP requests to remain informed of the partnership project between Kinross and the City of Paracatu.