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Friends of the Earth files OECD Guidelines complaint against ArcelorMittal

Jan 26, 2011

On 24 January 2011 Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)/Friends of the Earth Liberia have filed a complaint against ArcelorMittal at the Dutch NCP for breaching the OECD Guidelines with regard to its management of its County Social Development Fund (CSDF).

According to the 25-year concession to develop the iron ore deposits that was negotiated in 2005, ArcelorMittal is obliged to provide approximately US$ 73 million over the 25-year span of the Mineral Development Agreement to support socio-economic development in Liberia via the CSDF. The benefits of this fund would go to the Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa counties, with specifically 20% of each county’s allocation to be spent annually on communities classified as ‘directly affected by AML operations’.


The widespread allegations of misappropriation and misuse of the CSDF lead the complainants to conclude that the CSDF is failing to address the needs of communities impacted by the operations of ArcelorMittal. Moreover, the complainants argue that ArcelorMittal is not properly informing neighbouring communities about its operations and the possible impacts on these communities. Additionally, the complainants have concerns about the use of 100 pick-up trucks that were donated by ArcelorMittal to the Liberian government in 2008. Although the trucks were allegedly intended to support agricultural activities, the complainants found them to be mostly in the hands of Liberian government officials.


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