Mining activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead NCPAustria
Supporting NCP(s)Germany, United States
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by several parties regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theme(s)Combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion, Employment and industrial relations, Environment, Human rights
Date18 Nov 2004
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
SourceBusiness, Other interested parties, NGO
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

In November 2004 the Austrian NCP received a request for review from an NGO and other interested parties alleging that a multinational enterprise had breached several provisions of the Guidelines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company in question had allegedly supplied German and Austrian companies with the mineral coltan. The NGOs allegations focused on the illegal extraction of natural resources and the export of minerals from conflict regions.

The Austrian NCP took the lead on this specific instance with the support of the German and UK NCPs.

Due to the internal situation in the DRC it was impossible for the NCPs to verify the claims. Consensus between the parties was not reached and no statement was issued.