Lead production in the UK
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)United States
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO The LEAD Group Inc regarding the activities of Xtrata PLC, a multinational operating in the UK.
Date27 Aug 2011
Host country(ies)United Kingdom
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the initial assessment issued by the UK NCP - 16 September 2011

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP - 31 May 2012

In August 2011, the UK NCP received a request for review from the Australian NGO The LEAD Group Inc alleging that Xstrata PLC (Xstrata) had breached the environment provisions of the Guidelines by supplying lead to the company Innospec Inc which in turn used the lead to produce the environmentally-harmful petrol (MOGAS) additive “tetraethyl lead” (TEL) for use in Afghanistan, Algeria, Burma, Iraq, North Korea and Yemen.

Xstrata denied having contravened the Guidelines. The UK NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance and concluded that the NCP would attempt to facilitate a negotiated settlement in relation to the issue of Xstrata’s role in Innospec Inc’s production of TEL for MOGAS.

The UK NCP offered to mediate and both parties met in London in February 2012 where the parties reached an agreement, whereupon the specific instance was concluded by the NCP and a final statement issued.