Imperial Metals Corporation and the Southeast Alaskan Conservation Council
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a Canadian multinational company.
Theme(s)General policies, Disclosure, Human rights, Environment
Date23 Dec 2016
Host country(ies)Canada
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the final statement issued by the Canadian NCP here.

The specific instance was received on December 23, 2016.

The Notifier alleged that the Company failed to conduct due diligence with respect to the potential environmental and human rights impacts of the mine operations, especially as they relate to downstream effects on Alaskan ecosystems and fisheries. Other allegations included the failure to engage and disclose information to Alaskan stakeholders. SEACC asked the NCP to facilitate a dialogue between itself and the Company for the purpose of resolving these issues.

The NCP’s initial assessment concluded that the issues of disclosure and stakeholder engagement, rather than the allegations concerning environmental and human rights due diligence, merited further examination and offered mediation on these two issues.

While the mediation did not result in a mutually agreeable solution between the parties per se, the process established direct lines of communication between the two parties. The NCP made several recommendations to the Company, including to put into place a comprehensive stakeholder consultation strategy. Such a strategy should include a process to identify any communities and groups that could be affected by the Companies’ activities, ensuring in the future, that these communities would be adequately consulted throughout the life of a Company project. The NCP also recommended that the Company communicate publicly about its efforts to create a consultation strategy.

The NCP concluded the case and issued a final statement on May 7, 2020.