Mining in Papua New Guinea
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by several NGOs regarding the activities of Barrick Gold, a Canadian multinational enterprise, operating in Papua New Guinea.
Theme(s)Disclosure, Environment, General policies
Date3 Mar 2011
Host country(ies)Papua New Guinea
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the final statement issued by the Canadian NCP concluding the specific instance - 16 January 2014

In March 2011, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from the NGOs Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator of Mining Watch Canada (MWC), Porgera Special Mine Lease (SML) Landowners Association (PLoA), and Akali Tange Association (ATA) alleging that Barrick Gold, a Canadian gold mining company, had breached the general policies, disclosure, and environment provisions of the Guidelines in Papua New Guinea.

The NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance and concluded that it merited further consideration. Therefore, the NCP offered to facilitate a dialogue between the parties. 

The parties accepted and the NCP engaged with them to set up a mediation process that was agreed to by all parties. The mediation took place between 5 June 2012 and 30 June 2013. 

Through this mediation process the parties addressed a number of issues which resulted in an Agreed Action Items list, dated 24 May 2013. This list covered multiple issues, but did not address all of the subjects listed in the request for review given that agreement on all of the topics was not reached during mediation. The NCP’s view is that the face-to-face mediation was effective in initiating the trust building needed to achieve the resolution of a number of issues identified, but that the Parties should now build on this platform to continue efforts to reach a meaningful resolution of the issues initially raised by the NGOs. The NCP included six recommendations to the parties in its final statement.