Teck-Quebrada Blanca Mining Company and Mineworkers Union
Lead NCPChile
Supporting NCP(s)Canada
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the Mineworkers Union nÂș1 concerning an alleged non-observance of the OECD Guidelines by the Teck-Quebrada Blanca Mining Company.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, Environment
Date29 Nov 2017
Host country(ies)Chile
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the Chile NCP's final statement (Spanish) (English Translation) regarding the specific instance – 7 February 2020

Read the Chile NCP press release here (Spanish) – 12 February 2020

On 29 November 2017, the Mineworkers Union nº1 of the Teck-Quebrada Blanca Mining Company submitted a specific instance with the Chilean NCP alleging that the company, Teck-Quebrada Blanca, did not observe the Employment and Labour Relations, and Environment chapters of the Guidelines.

The submitting party asserts that the non-observances of the Guidelines occurred during the preparation and development of a 2017 collective bargaining agreement and due to environmental non-compliance in the company’s operations.

The company responded to each of the specific points outlined by the allegations to the NCP, and dismissed the submission, alleging that it lacked merit.

On 25 September 2018, the Chilean NCP issued its first version of its initial assessment in which it decided to accept the case and offer its good offices.

Mediation took place in September 2019 which was led by the Chilean NCP, following which the parties reached an agreement, containing several commitments and NCP follow up actions.

The Chilean NCP concluded the specific instance by publishing the final statement on 10 February 2020, in which it:

  • Recommended to both parties to maintain an effective and constructive dialogue in order to comply with the Mediation Agreement, and;
  • Congratulated the company on implementing some responsible business conduct (RBC) measures, reminded the company of the importance of ensuring that all employees are aware of these initiatives and the importance of strengthening the implementation of risk-based due diligence

The parties will report to the NCP on the status of compliance with the agreements in August 2020 and March 2021, following which the NCP will issue a public report.