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). The Panel alleged that “elite networks” of political and military elites and businesspersons fueled the conflict in order to retain their control over the country’s vast natural resources. In November, 2004, a group of Belgian NGOs filed a complaint against George Forrest International SA, Cogecom, Nami Gems and Belgolaise Bank.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
- Version 2000 Chapter I
- Version 2000 Chapter I Paragraph I.7
- Version 2000 Chapter II
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.1
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.10
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.3
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.5
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.6
- Version 2000 Chapter II Paragraph II.7
- Version 2000 Chapter X
The complainants received a statement from the Belgian NCP in which it is stated that the case was rejected, citing lack of an investment nexus and that “things have changed for the better since the facts of the case”. The complainants responded to the statement with a press release criticizing the Belgian NCP’s refusal to take a position on past violations.
- 11.11.11 et al vs. George Forrest International SA
- 11.11.11 et al vs. Cogecom
- 11.11.11 et al vs. Belgolaise