Xayaburi Dam in Laos
Lead NCPFinland
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in Laos.
Theme(s)Environment, General policies, Human rights
Date11 Jun 2012
Host country(ies)Lao People's Democratic Republic
Industry sectorManufacturing, Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

Read the NCP's initial assessment - 16 October 2012

Read the NCP's final statement issued by the Finnish NCP upon the conclusion of the specific instance - 10 June 2013

In June 2012, the Finnish NCP received a request for review by an NGO alleging that the Finnish consultants Pöyry Oyj, and its Swiss subsidiary Pöyry Energy AG, had breached the general policies, human rights, and environment provisions of the Guidelines with the construction of Xayaburi Dam in Laos. Specifically the NGO alleged that Pöyry Oyj should have paid more attention to the negative effects of the dam project when studying its environmental and human rights impacts.

On 16 October 2012, the NCP completed their initial assessment of the request and accepted the specific instance.

During their review of the allegations the NCP found that, although the company should have addressed the ambiguities related to environmental and human rights issues of the dam project more clearly in its report to the government of Laos, it had not violated the Guidelines. The NCP issued a statement recommending that, in the future, companies should assess the risk of similar major projects more carefully and act more transparently.