ACCESS Case Story No. 4
Addressing Social and Environmental Issues in the Salmon Farming Industry
By Kate Kopischke
In August 2011, the Norwegian company Cermaq and two Norwegian NGOs signed a joint statement involving a series of statements by the company reiterating its commitment to environmental, labor and community engagement practices that comply with Norwegian and international standards. The joint statement concluded a two-year mediated process that stemmed from a complaint filed by the NGOs, who alleged the company was in breach of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on responsible business practices. While the joint statement initially was viewed as a successful outcome of the mediation, the parties since have been unable to engage effectively – in keeping with the spirit of the statement – on issues related to the complaint. This case study underscores the importance of developing robust agreements with clearly stated follow-up and monitoring, as well as the crucial role of direct and consistent communication between disputants.
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