Albania, La Guajira, 5 February 2020

Cerrejón condemns new acts to intimidate and threaten community leaders and calls on authorities to investigate these complaints

Cerrejón wishes to express our deep concern and condemnation of new acts to intimidate and threaten community leaders in La Guajira, which came to light during meetings held by the Bruno Creek Inter-institutional Table on January 31 and February 1 in La Guajira. Likewise, we reject any accusation that, directly or indirectly, connects the company with these deplorable acts.

The company does not do or approve of this type of activity as, in addition to affecting the leaders’ rights, it intimidates the communities and goes against our corporate principles of respect for dissent and dialogue as a means to settling disputes. Despite having different perspectives, Cerrejón is respectful of the opinions and viewpoints of the leaders in the region and recognizes the importance of their role in defending human rights in the territory.

Following the company’s defined protocol, when we found out about these appalling events Cerrejón requested that the authorities investigate the case and take all necessary steps to protect the life and integrity of leaders in the region. In view of the seriousness of the allegations and public condemnation, the company will begin the relevant internal investigations and will report these results to the members of the Table and the authorities.

For Cerrejón, it is a priority to respect and promote the human rights of its employees, contractors and the surrounding communities. For this reason, the company has zero tolerance towards these types of acts, a commitment defined in our Human Rights Policy and aligned with international standards. At the same time, Cerrejón would like to reiterate our commitment to the Joint Declaration for Life signed in 2018, where we condemned threats against the life of social leaders, and reaffirm our commitment to working with the State and civil society in everything that contributes to their protection in La Guajira.