Gold mining in Ghana
Lead NCPSweden
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO Attac Sweden/Friends of the Earth Sweden regarding the activities of Sandvik and Atlas Copco, two Swedish multinational enterprises, operating in Ghana.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, Environment
Date17 Feb 2003
Host country(ies)Ghana
Industry sectorMining and quarrying

Read the public statement issued by the Swedish NCP concluding the specific instance - June 2003

In February 2003 the Swedish NCP received two requests for review from the NGO Attac Sweden/Friends of the Earth Sweden alleging that the Swedish multinational enterprises Sandvik and Atlas Copco were breaching the employment and industrial relations, and environment provisions of the Guidelines through their business relations with the two mining companies Ashanti Goldfields and Ghana Australian Goldfields in Ghana.

After analysing the specific instance the NCP concluded that the companies had not failed to comply with the OECD Guidelines in respect of human rights and environmental considerations. At the same time, the NCP encourages Sandvik and Atlas Copco to remedy the lack of knowledge of the contents of the Guidelines at subsidiaries and among personnel in Ghana.