Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a coalition of NGOs regarding the activities of a Canadian multinational enterprise operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Theme(s)General policies
Date1 Aug 2005
Host country(ies)Democratic Republic of the Congo
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read a summary by the Canadian NCP.

In August 2005, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from a coalition of NGOs alleging that a Canadian multinational enterprise had breached the general policies provisions in the Guidelines with mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The NGOs requested that the NCP investigate the company's operations.

The NCP sent a reply letter to each of the NGOs informing them that the NCP's primary function is to play a facilitative or mediating role in resolving problems and not carry out investigations. The NCP also relayed that it had informed the company of the communications the NCP had received from Canadian NGOs and that the company had expressed a willingness to meet with the NGOs to discuss their operations in the DRC.

In November 2005, the NCP facilitated a meeting between the company and interested NGOs to provide parties with an opportunity to present their points of view and to objectively discuss the issues in a non-confrontational forum. Following the meeting, the NCP offered to host a follow-up meeting between the company and the NGOs, but the NGOs felt that this would not be necessary since there was now adequate contact between the company and their groups. The NCP accordingly concluded the specific instance.