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London
WC2R 3AL

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DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

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Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

12/01/2022

OECD initial assessments in coal mining case relating to BHP, Anglo American and Glencore

On 10 January 2022, the Swiss, Australian and UK National Central Points (NCPs) issued their initial assessment under the OECD Guidelines, in relation to three international mining giants (BHP, Anglo American and Glencore), over serious human rights abuses relating to environmental pollution at the Cerrejón coal mine, Colombia, finding that the complaints deal with a credible issue and should progress. The Irish NCP has yet to deliver its initial assessment of ESB and also the Dublin-based sales arm of the Cerrejón mine, CMC.

The parallel complaints were filed on 19 January 2021 simultaneously in Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) in partnership with Colombian and international human rights and environmental NGOs – CINEP, CAJAR, AIDA, ABColombia, ASK and Christian Aid Ireland.

As noted by the Australian NCP:

“After the complaint was made, the companies announced that Glencore would be acquiring the interests of Anglo American and BHP in the Cerrejón operation.

The Australian NCP proposes that good offices should: (a) concern the Guidelines’ compliance in Australia, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, by the companies, including expectations for enterprises to address impacts ‘that are directly linked to their business operations, products or services by a business relationship, even if they do not contribute to those impacts’, and (b) be facilitated by the Swiss NCP, including all parties.”

Monica Feria-Tinta was instructed in the preparation of these complaints by GLAN.

The decisions by the NCPS can be found here and here.

 

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