Mining in Guatemala
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGOs Frente de Defensa San Miguelense (FREDEMI), and Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL), regarding the activities of Goldcorp Inc, a Canadian multinational enterprise, operating in Guatemala.
Theme(s)General policies
Date9 Dec 2009
Host country(ies)Guatemala
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the final statement issued by the Canadian NCP concluding the specific instance - 3 May 2011

In December 2009, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from the NGO Frente de Defensa San Miguelense (FREDEMI), a Guatemalan NGO, assisted by Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL), an NGO based in Washington D.C., alleging that Goldcorp Inc had breached the general policies provisions of the Guidelines in relation to the Marlin Mine in Guatemala.

The issues raised related to the recommendation that enterprises should “respect the human rights of those affected by their activities consistent with the host government’s international obligations and commitments”. The notifiers indicated that they were seeking the closure of the mine and a statement from the NCP.

The NCP’s initial assessment was that the issues raised merited further examination and offered to facilitate a dialogue between the parties.  The offer was accepted by the company. However, the NGOs declined the offer. The NCP attempted to explore whether the notifiers would be willing to participate in facilitated dialogue without any confidentiality requirements.  The notifiers also declined the NCP’s second offer of facilitated dialogue with more flexible confidentiality requirements and reiterated their request for a full investigation of the facts, including a field visit and for the NCP to issue a final statement.

On May 3, 2011, the NCP issued a final statement and recommended that the parties participate in a constructive dialogue in good faith with a view to addressing the issues raised.