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RAID vs. Tremalt

Case overview

Date filed 28 June 2004
Current status Withdrawn
Issue UK companies & illegal resource exploitation in DRC
Summary of the case In October 2002, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused 85 OECD-based companies of violating the Guidelines for their direct or indirect roles in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tremalt Ltd was cited by the Panel, because of its for its cobalt/copper exploitation activities. Tremalt Ltd/Kababankola Mining Company are part of the Breco Business Group owned by John Bredenkamp. The Panel alleged that the price Tremalt paid for the mining concessions in Katanga was too low.In addition, there was a confidential profit sharing agreement between Tremalt and the governments of DRC and Zimbabwe.

The involvement of high-ranking officers from the Zimbabwean Defence Forces (ZDF) suggests that there may also have been improper political involvement. Tremalt and other Breco Business Group companies, Raceview Enterprises and Aviation Consultancy Service Company (ACS) were allegedly involved in procuring equipment for the ZDF (Zimbabwean Defense Forces) and the Congolese Armed Forces, which enabled them to prosecute the war.

It is alleged that Bredenkamp’s representatives supplied spare parts for ZDF Hawk jets, which even if it were not formally in breach of the European Union sanctions on Zimbabwe, would appear to be incompatible with the human rights provision of the Guidelines.


Developments/Outcome The cases against Tremalt has been blocked by the UK NCP. The UK NCP claimed the case was resolved by the UN Panel and could not be reopened. Due to the NCP’s inaction, RAID withdrew the complaint.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Supply chain, Extractives / mining sector, Human rights, Political involvement, Parallel (legal) proceedings, United Nations, Violent conflict, Bribery / Corruption

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point United Kingdom
NCP address 1-19 Victoria Street SW1H 0ET London, United Kingdom
NCP website www.berr.gov.uk
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Tremalt Ltd
Company address
London
United Kingdom
Company website
Company in violation Tremalt Ltd
Country of operations Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
28 February 2007 Rights and Accountability in Development case dropped RAID withdraws the complaint. The UK NCP claims the case has been resolved by the UN Panel and cannot be reopened.  
28 June 2004 Rights and Accountability in Development file Complaint filed with UK NCP. download pdf (49Kb)  

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