In August 2014 the German NCP received a request for review by individuals from Turkey alleging that a German multinational enterprise had breached the environment provisions of the Guidelines in Turkey. More specifically they alleged that the company had not properly performed an environmental risk assessment as well as public participation related to a specific project.
In harmony with the implementation procedures, and after consulting with the OECD Investment Committee, the Turkish NCP took the lead on this specific instance and, after an initial assessment, concluded that the specific instance did not merit further consideration.
The NGO also raised concerns which the NCP concluded were related to corporate social responsibility practices of the company at a global scale. The company produces turbines in Germany and provides this equipment to clients in several other countries in a similar business relationship.
After consulting the German NCP, the Turkish NCP informed the notifiers about its decision not to accept their request for review and advised that their allegations could be raised with the German NCP with more substantiated material. The German NCP is currently examining the due diligence issues raised by the notifiers.
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The Turkish NCP took the lead on this specific instance and, after an initial assessment, concluded that the specific instance did not merit further consideration. The German NCP then accepted part of the complaint, which was based on due diligence. A mediation session was held, along with further bilateral talks with both parties, and NORDEX SE agreed to improve its due diligence processes. A Final Statement, outlining the agreement made by NORDEX SE, was published on 31 August 2016, however, the complainant refrained from signing the Joint Final Statement due to a pending legal case in Turkey regarding the wind project.