Decision

UK NCP initial assessment: complaint from IAP and WDM against GCM Resources Plc in Bangladesh

UK National Contact Point accepts for further consideration a complaint against a UK company developing plans for coal mining in Bangladesh.

Detail

The statement records the decision of the UK National Contact Point to accept for further consideration a complaint. The complaint is from 2 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that a UK company acted inconsistently with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises in developing plans for coal mining in Bangladesh.

The 2 NGOs are:

  • the International Accountability Project (IAP), a civil society organisation based in the United States
  • the World Development Movement (WDP), a civil society organisation based in the United Kingdom

An update on the status of the complaint was published in June 2014.

The OECD guidelines provide recommendations for business conduct that the UK government encourages UK businesses to comply with wherever they are trading and operating.

The UK NCP issued a final statement on the complaint in November 2014.