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When the institution accepts a case for further handling, either through mediation or actual investigation, a short description of the case and reasoning for further handling, is published.

17 September 2020

The Danish Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible Business Conduct (NCP Denmark) initiates an investigation of Rockwool International A/S

On 21 October 2019, NCP Denmark received a complaint against Rockwool International A/S and the company’s American subsidiary ROXUL USA Inc (hereafter “Rockwool”). The complaint was submitted by the American non-profit organization West Virginians for Sustainable Development along with several co-complainants1, and concerns Rockwool’s mineral wool manufacturing facility in Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA.

NCP Denmark is the Danish OECD contact point for responsible business conduct. NCP Denmark is independant and separate from the Danish Government.

NCP Denmark emphasizes that it has not at this stage been determined whether non-observance of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises has actually taken place in this case.

Following a bilateral discussion phase between the parties, NCP Denmark conducted a preliminary investigation of the complaint and concluded that it cannot be dismissed that non-observance of the OECD Guidelines has taken place. Consequently, NCP Denmark offered formal mediation to the parties. As Rockwool has declined to participate in mediation, NCP Denmark will initiate an actual investigation of the complaint, cf. section 7, subsection 4, no. 2 of the Danish Act on a Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible.

As part of the investigation, NCP Denmark will primarily focus on the OECD Guidelines’ chapter II on General Policies (including paragraph 14 on stakeholder engagement), chap-ter IV on Human Rights, and chapter VI on Environment.

The actual investigation is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2021.

More information on NCP Denmark and the case handling procedure is available on www.businessconduct.dk.

For press inquiries please contact:
Linda Nielsen, Chair of NCP Denmark
Mail: post@virksomhedsadfaerd.dk

1West Virginia Delegate John Doyle, West Virginia Delegate Sammi Brown, Jefferson County Commissioner Jane Tabb, Jefferson County Commissioner Ralph Lorenzetti, Leesburg Town Council Member Neil Stein-berg, Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, West Virginia Citizen Action Group, and West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.

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