Environmental issues in the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA
Lead NCPUnited States
Supporting NCP(s)United Kingdom
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by an individual regarding the activities of Dutch, US and UK multinational enterprises operating in the USA.
Theme(s)Competition, Consumer interests, Disclosure, Environment, General policies, Human rights, Science and technology
Date23 Aug 2011
Host country(ies)United States
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusNot accepted

The US NCP issued four public statements, one for each of the accused companies, which concluded the specific instance:

On 23 August 2011, The US and UK NCPs received a request for review from an individual alleging that a US-registered multinational enterprise had breached the general policies, disclosure, human rights, environment, consumer interests, competition, and science and technology provisions of the Guidelines in the US, the Netherlands, and the UK. The individual alleged that they had suffered financial loss as a result of the enterprises' non-conformance with environment standards.

The NCPs agreed that the US NCP would take the lead on the specific instance as the concerns raised therein occurred in the United States.

After several exchanges and examination of the documentation provided by the parties, it appeared to the US NCP that the principal motive for the notifier was to obtain a financial settlement, which is beyond the scope of an NCP's responsibilities. The individual also showed a substantial lack of co-operation and misused confidental information obtained via the specific instance process. This undermined the establishment of the environment of trust necessary for facilitating a mediate resolution to a dispute.

On 28 August 2012, the US NCP issued four public statements declining to offer its good offices and concluded the specific instance.