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Metalor response to the report of Human Rights Watch: Precious Metal, Cheap Labor, Child Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Ghana Artisanal Gold Mines

Human Rights Watch
Att. Mrs. J. Kippenberg
Senior Researcher
Children's Rights Division
Neue Promenade 5
10178 Berlin,
Germany

Neuchâtel, June 12, 2015

Dear Mrs. Kippenberg, dear Mr. Albin-Lackey,

We have read your report on Precious Metal, Cheap Labor,Child Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Ghana’s Artisanal Gold Mines. It is not our role to comment on the overall report. However we are disappointed with the way you have presenting our company and our activities in Ghana. For this reason we feel oblige to clarify some of the points you mentioned in it. Our view is that the information we have provided to you on the subject has been in some instances either distorted or ignored in your report, despite of its relevance.

First point is the scope of the report and the role that Metalor may play in Ghana. As you know already, our company accounts for an estimate of 2% the Ghana gold market. We are not a relevant player at all in this market and totally irrelevant in artisanal mining; despite of that you are presenting our company as an important actor in Ghana. It is hard to understand on what facts you are supporting that false statement.

Secondly, we informed you that Metalor is basically dealing with industrial mines as opposed to artisanal mines. One of the reasons of this is the challenge to guarantee the full respect of human rights in the latter ones.

Thirdly, it looks like that you try hard to read between the lines to reach conclusions, such as Metalor accepting that there may be child labor in the mines it is sourcing from. There is not a second reading of our statements, despite of your efforts. You should better look for facts and evidences rather than assuming things with no basis.

Finally, you are casting shadows on the certification process by the LBMA and RJC stating that their “decision making process remain somewhat unclear”. You should have contacted then directly to know how thoroughly they check their standards, always using third party independent audit firms. The key aspect is to know whether we are certified, which is the case, rather than seeing shadows when there is transparency.

Truly yours

Metalor Technologies S.A.

Jose Ramon Camino
Group General Counsel

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