Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) and I Watch & Perenco
Lead NCPFrance
Supporting NCP(s)Tunisia, United Kingdom
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) and I Watch alleging a non-observance of the Guidelines by Perenco
Theme(s)General policies, Disclosure, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations, Environment, Taxation
Date26 Jul 2018
Host country(ies)Tunisia
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusIn progress

Read the Initial statement issued by the French NCP on 4 December 2019 – French

Read the Intermediary statement issued by the French NCP on 18 February 2021 - French

On 26 July 2018, two NGOs, Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) and I Watch, submitted a specific instance alleging that Perenco, a French-British multinational oil and gas company, did not observe the General Policies (Chapter II) Disclosure (Chapter III), Human Rights (Chapter IV), Employment and industrial relations (Chapter V),Environment (Chapter VI) and Taxation (Chapter XI) provisions of the Guidelines in relation with extractive activities operated in the Kebili Region in Tunisia. The submitters claim that the Group has not adequately undertaken due diligence, assessed potential and real adverse impacts from its operations on the environment (water, air, soil) and on surrounding people (health, housing, farming), and has not disclosed information related to its potential social, human rights, and environmental impacts resulting from its extractive activities in Kebili, Tunisia.

The French NCP decided to accept the specific instance on 2 October 2018, and to offer its good offices to the parties. The NCP however had to extend the initial assessment phase following challenges by the company about the territorial jurisdiction of the French NCP. On 2 December 2019, Perenco France and Perenco Tunisia (PTLC) agreed to participate in the process. On 4 December 2019, the French NCP published its initial assessment statement.

On 10 December 2020, the French NCP decided to terminate its good offices and move to the conclusion phase of the procedure in order to prepare its final decision. Parties and supporting NCPs were informed of this decision on 11 December 2020.

On 18 February 2021, the NCP issued an intermediary statement to report back on actions taken during the good offices.