Lafarge Holcim and Ricardo Molina, a electromechanical engineer and inventor
Lead NCPArgentina
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by Ricardo Molina, an electromechanical engineer and inventor, regarding the activities of the multinational enterprise Lafarge Holcim Ltd. operating in Argentina.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, Environment, Science and technology
Date1 Mar 2016
Host country(ies)Argentina
Industry sectorProfessional, scientific and technical activities

Read the final statement issued by the Argentinian NCP - December 2016 | Spanish

In March 2016, the NCP received a submission regarding the activities of the company Lafarge Holcim Ltd. The specific instance was submitted by Ricardo José Manuel Molina, an electromechanical engineer, former employee of Lafarge Holcim and inventor of a machine used by the company.

The submission alleged that the company did not provide Ricardo Molina with the appropriate benefits of his invention.

In May 2016, following an analysis of the documentation, the NCP accepted the specific instance for further examination and offered its good offices.

Following the NCP’s offer, the company requested that the specific instance be terminated. The NCP engaged in a dialogue with the company to clarify the NCP process.

On 31 October 2016, the company submitted new documentation explaining that it was not able to take part in the mediation because of existing parallel judicial proceedings.

Following the company’s submission, the NCP proposed, via a meeting with the company and via a phone call with the submitters, that the parties:

- discuss a solution in relation to the amount of compensation requested by Mr. Molina;

- not resubmit any proposals which had already been made before (i.e., in the parallel mediation process that had already ended) but instead, explore new means to improve the other elements discussed thus far.

The parties accepted the NCP’s proposal; however, the goal was not achieved, and they failed to reach an agreement. On 15 December 2016, the NCP issued a final statement (Spanish) concluding the specific instance.

The NCP encourages the parties to consider finding a way to generate the conditions required to engage in dialogue and constructively work for the resolution of the issues in which they are involved.