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Publication / 22 February 2013

Report Suape Harbor

In 2012  Both ENDS organised a 'fact finding mission' to review the social and environmental impacts of dredging activities in the Suape harbor in Brazil. The Dutch dredging company Van Oord is currently executing two dredging projects in this harbour, supported with an export credit insurance on behalf of the Dutch government through the export credit agency Atradius DSB. The dredging activities have dramatic social and environmental impacts affecting the livelihoods of local communities. This raises several doubts regarding the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards and policies by Atradius DSB. On the basis of this report, the Dutch Minister of Finance and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation have been asked to consider a review of the dredging projects of Van Oord in Suape, as well as the implementation of CSR policies by the Atradius DSB.

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