Copper mining in Ecuador
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a group of NGOs on behalf of several affected individuals regarding the activities of a Canadian multinational enterprise operating in Ecuador.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, Environment, General policies, Human rights
Date25 Jul 2013
Host country(ies)Ecuador
SourceIndividuals, NGO
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusNot accepted

Read the initial assessment issued by the Canadian NCP concluding the specific instance on 28 July 2014.

In July 2013, the Canadian NCP received a request for review from a group of NGOs on behalf of several affected individuals, alleging that a Canadian multinational enterprise had breached the concepts and principles, general policies, human rights, and environment provisions of the Guidelines in Ecuador.

The request centres on a copper mine project in Ecuador under development by an Ecuadorian company which is a subsidiary of a Canadian registered company, which is itself wholly owned by a Chinese company. Specifically it is alleged that the company was not observing sections of the Guidelines related to human rights; meaningful consultation, due diligence and local policies, and environmental impacts with regards to the issues: Inadequate stakeholder engagement with indigenous communities; Violation of indigenous rights, property rights and forced displacement; Involvement in state repression of social protests violence; Risks to biodiversity and ecological integrity; and, contributing to poor working conditions.

The Canadian NCP engaged with both parties. The issues raised in the Request for Review covered a range of topics that the NCP did not merit further examination or were not sufficiently substantiated. Based on the Canadian NCP’s consideration of the materials submitted against the OECD guidelines and Canadian NCP’s Procedures, the NCP’s initial assessment relating to the Mirador mining project is that the issue does not merit further examination by the Canadian NCP.  The NCP issued Read the initial assessment issued on 28 July 2014