Resettlement (that is, the relocation of a family from their original site of residence to an agreed-on destination site) is a measure of last resort that we take to protect a community from environmental impacts that could affect them due to mining activity.

The resettlement process is participatory and involves the entire community in drafting a resettlement action plan following the guidelines of the World Bank´s International Finance Corporation (IFC).

By supporting the relocated families, complying with the obligations we have acquired, and establishing good relations with neighbouring communities, we seek to enhance the quality of life of the people who have participated in this process.

Since 2009, we have carried out participatory resettlements with four communities: Roche, Patilla, Chancleta, and Las Casitas. Furthermore, in 2006 we began the resettlement of Tamaquito II, an indigenous community that itself requested relocation of the Barrancas Mayor’s Office, arguing they were becoming isolated due to the relocation of other resettled communities.

Cerrejón’s Resettlement Model

All of the resettled families receive a package in line with Colombian legislation and with the guidelines of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), containing:

At the conclusion of the process, we verify compliance with the commitments agreed to with the families, close implementation of the resettlement plan, strengthen their interaction with government bodies, and integrate resettled communities in the company’s social engagement plan.

Phase 1

Engagement with community and strengthening social capital.

Phase 2

Designing a participatory plan of action with the community for resettlement following the IFC guidelines.

Fase 4

Relocation and stabilization at new site.

Phase 5

Closure of resettlement process.


Post-resettlement begins once families relocate to the new site and involves psychosocial assistance to help them adapt to their new lifestyle, and the delivery of the compensation and benefits agreed to in the contract.

Educational Aid Program

This programs seeks to finance tuition and vocational, technological, and professional studies in any national institution for members of resettled families.

  • 221 people were granted aid in accessing vocational, technological, higher, or advanced education.

  • 31 entered the educational aid program.

  • 36 members from resettled families completed their studies with this program.

Educational Reinforcement Program

This program aims to develop skills and abilities in children and young people of school age. The goal is for them to reach high levels of performance in their schools with a view to improved access to higher education.

  • 280 students from the five resettled communities are in this program.

  • The average school grade passing rate increased by 92%, with a 20 point increase over 2016.

Water Solutions

⋅ Our Cooperation Agreement 2016–2017 with Asoawinka RPC involves the running of the current infrastructure by the municipality and the assessment of connecting these communities with the municipality’s aqueduct system in the long term.

⋅ We upgraded the Drinking Water Treatment Plant to treat Ranchería River water for the communities, thus improving the quality of water available to them.

Income-Generation Opportunities

This program aims to provide consulting for production projects and deliver seed capital to families willing to carry out their business initiatives.

In 2017, we continued working on production projects with the 179 resettled families. Throughout this process, we have aided 163 families in undertaking 203 production projects, of which 122 are currently active and 81 are pending execution.

Las Casitas

Information as of end of 2017

– All of the families (31) have been relocated.

Tamaquito II

Information as of end of 2017

– We continue to implement the agreement signed in 2016 regarding income generation. We are advancing in the process to have it constituted as an indigenous reservation.

– All of the families collectively relocated to the new site in 2013 and, to date, continue to receive the programs set out in the resettlement agreements.


Information as of end of 2017

– Of the total families eligible for relocation, 38 collectively moved to the new site in 2013 and nine decided on their own to move to other municipalities.


Information as of end of 2017

– All the families that signed in 2016 were relocated in 2017.

– All the families (46 families eligible for relocation were relocated in 2013) continued to receive the programs laid out in the resettlement agreements.


Information as of end of 2017

– We delivered 100% of the properties at the site of origin.

– The programs laid out in the resettlement agreements are currently in course for the relocated families.

– The last family was relocated to the destination site in 2016.

Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

At Cerrejón, we have used a method based on the multi-dimensional poverty index (MPI) developed by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) in 2010. That same year, it was adapted and applied in Colombia by the National Planning Department (DNP, its initials in Spanish).
This methodology is used to generate a dashboard of indicators to measure the poverty status of resettled families to determine any improvements in their standards of living after relocation. The indicators measure the socio-economic impact of the intervention processes in five areas: education, childhood, employability, health, and dwellings and public services. The basic premise is that an affluent household has a maximum of four deprivations simultaneously. The fewer the deprivations, the lower the multi-dimensional poverty rating of the family.