Suppliers of European steal producers violate human rights

Suppliers of European steal producers violate human rights
1st February 2016 Christliche Initiative Romero

Study “Broken Promises” covers up forced resettlements missing fair and sustainable compensation. CIR criticises ThyssenKrupp on shareholder meeting.

On behalf of the Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR) the Danish NGO Danwatch covered up, how suppliers of European steal companies like ThyssenKrupp, ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel Europe broke human rights by forcing over 1000 families to resettle into areas which are missing a proper supply of fresh water, as well as access to food and work.



Based on the Danwatch researches in Mozambique CIR published exlusively its study „Diebstahl – Unter der blanken Oberfläche: Wie die Stahlindustrie sich aus der Verantwortung stiehlt“ about European steal industry via Spiegel Online, one of Germany’s mostly read news pages.


Anna Backmann (CIR) asking ThyssenKrupp on shareholder meeting about how they meet due diligence in their supply chains. Foto: Igor B. Batista (KoBra)

The Christian Initiative Romero spoke on the shareholder meeting of ThyssenKrupp on Friday, January 29th . Confronted with the criticism ThyssenKrupp’s chairman Heinrich Hiesinger replyed, his company would expect from his suppliers to comply with international standards as the United Nations Global Compact. But forced resettlements are against the UN Global Compact. ThyssenKrupp’s supplier, the Brasilian mining corporation Vale, is involved in severe human rights violations in his Chipanga mine in Mozambique, as Danwatch found. Nonetheless ThyssenKrupp evaluated Vale as positive in a self assessment, as Hiesinger said on the shareholder meeting in Bochum.