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Human Rights Assessment

In 2008, Goldcorp commenced a Human Rights Assessment (HRA) at the Marlin mine. The assessment process was guided by the tenets of transparency, independence, and inclusivity and was directed by a Steering Committee made up of a company representative, a representative of a group of socially responsible shareholders that own shares in Goldcorp, and a Guatemalan representative.

The primary objective of the HRA was to provide independent assessment of the potential for human rights impacts from the presence and activities of the Marlin Mine, and how Goldcorp's subsidiary Montana Exploradora's policies, procedures, and practices affect the human rights of the population in the area of the mine. The full report on the HRA of the Marlin mine can be accessed at www.hria-guatemala.com.

Goldcorp began a multi-phase process of developing and implementing business management practices that will ensure "broader due diligence for human rights" consistent with the "Protect, Respect, Remedy" framework proposed by John Ruggie and adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council. As part of that process, Goldcorp carefully considered each of the recommendations in the HRA report. The response, published in June 2010, included details on how interested stakeholders could submit ideas, provide feedback, and monitor progress to ensure a transparent and collaborative process.

Goldcorp's response to recommendations (English) (Spanish)

On June 30, 2010, Goldcorp published its initial response to the recommendations of the Human Rights Assessment (HRA) of the Marlin Mine. (English) (Spanish) This was the first in a series of updates on the progress, challenges, and expectations as Goldcorp implements the recommendations presented in the HRA. The second and final comprehensive update was published April 2011. As noted above, one of the objectives of the HRA was to establish a comprehensive framework to integrate human rights explicitly throughout all Goldcorp management and operational processes. The HRA recommendations dealing with ongoing consultation and communication have been adopted and will be used to communicate further developments regarding the continued review and revision of Goldcorp's policies and practices with respect to human rights.

Goldcorp's First Update to the Marlin Mine Human Rights Assessment Report – October 2010 (English) (Spanish)

Goldcorp's Second Update to the Marlin Mine HRA Report - April 2011 (English) (Spanish)

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Human Rights Assessment Documentation

Human Rights Assessment of Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine, Commissioned on behalf of Goldcorp by the Steering Committee for the Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Marlin Mine. Dated May 2010. English  
HRA May 2010: Executive Summary English
HRA May 2010: Appendix A: HRA Marlin Project Timeline English
HRA May 2010: Appendix B: HRA Interview Guides English
HRA May 2010: Appendix C: HRA Data Collection Activities English
HRA May 2010: Appendix D: HRA Stakeholder Issues Matrix English
HRA May 2010: Appendix E: HRA Table of International Standards Related to Human Rights at the Marlin Mine English
HRA May 2010: Appendix F: HRA Overview of Legal Cases Involving the Marlin Mine English
HRA May 2010: Appendix G: HRA Summary Table of Findings by Human Right English
HRA May 2010: Appendix H: External Environmental Review of the Marlin Mine, prepared by KPC Consulting for the HRA, March 2010 English
HRA May 2010: Appendix I: External Hazard Assessment of Chemical Constituents at the Marlin Mine, prepared by Intrinsik for the HRA, March 2010 English
News Release from the Steering Committee for the Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Marlin Mine English
(Mam language) JUN B’O’TZ TX’OLB’AB’IL Jun Malb’il Kyoklen Xjal te Jyol Ab’j Marlin tejo Goldcorp English
(Mam language) CHA’B’AL B’ANB’ALRE Etb’al rcholjil choq’ab’lil rech rwnaqiil wu esil rlewil poq Marlin rech Goldcorp English
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In the interest of transparency, we are providing the text of our responses, which are submissions to issues of public interest at our operations at Marlin Mine. 
Letter to David Suzuki Foundation April 21, 2015 English  
Reply to Amnesty International August 2014 English  
Letter to Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians regarding Marlin Mine - September 2011 English
Final Statement of the Canadian National Contact Point concerning the Marlin mine in Guatemala – May 2011 English  
Goldcorp's follow-up to March 2011 contractor incident at the Marlin Mine - March 2011 English Spanish
Marlin Public Opinion Study Intro – December 2010 English Spanish
Marlin Public Opinion Study Final – December 2010 English Spanish
Letter Mayor SIPA TO CIDH October 26, 2010 English Spanish
Letter Mayor SMI TO CIDH October 26, 2010 English Spanish
Acta SMI Rechazo a Loarca SMI April 21, 2010 English Spanish
Sipacapa Acta ILO Petition April 5, 2010 English Spanish
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Marlin Road Block Information – Feb 28, 2011

On Monday, February 28, 2011, a group of approximately 200 individuals reportedly led by opponents of the Marlin Mine blocked three public roads that provide access to the communities of Siete Platos and San Antonio as well as the Marlin Mine. The protestors, who were not members of the local communities, indicated that their purpose was to protest the Government of Guatemala’s failure to suspend operations of the Marlin Mine. The company did not engage with the protestors so as to avoid confrontation and provocation. Below is additional information about the incident.
Update on Blockade at San Miguel Ixtahucán - March 1, 2011 English  
Stakeholder Update Supplement for Guatemala - March 4, 2011 English  

Mother's complaint to the Human Rights Attorney General Office

- March 11, 2011
English Spanish
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

On May 20, 2010, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested that the Government adopt precautionary measures, including suspension of the Marlin Mine, to prevent irreparable harm to the life, physical integrity and environment of indigenous peoples in communities in San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa, in connection with alleged environmental contamination resulting from activities at the Marlin Mine.

On June 23, 2010, the Government of Guatemala advised the IACHR that the Government would initiate the applicable administrative process under the laws of Guatemala to determine if suspension of Marlin operations was warranted.

After extensive review of the available data and reports from the responsible governmental ministries, the Government issued a resolution on July 8, 2011 declaring that Marlin Mine is operating in compliance with the law and there is no basis for suspending operation of the mine. The Government’s investigations demonstrate that the Marlin Mine has not damaged the environment or health of the communities in the vicinity of the mine.

Subsequently, on July 11, 2011, the Government of Guatemala petitioned the IACHR to declare the precautionary measures to be without further effect.

In December 2011, the IACHR requested an amendment to the precautionary measures and the request to suspend operations at Marlin was lifted.

The Government of Guatemala’s latest response to the IACHR demonstrates there is no evidence of negative impacts to public health or the environment as a result of operations at Marlin. These findings are supported by independent, analyses of quarterly water samples collected by Goldcorp and the Asociacion de Monitoreo Ambiental Comunitario, the local community monitoring committee.


Ministry of Energy and Mines Report (Anex 8) May 27, 2011 English Spanish
Director of Mines Resolution 104 July 08, 2011 English Spanish
COPREDEH Report from the State of Guatemala to IACHR July 11, 2011 English Spanish
Letter from MARN to Montana Exploradora regarding Hydro-Geological Report July 20, 2011 English Spanish
COPREDEH Submission February 21, 2011 English  
COPREDEH Update  February 21,2011   Spanish
de Valle letter to IACHR February 21, 2011   Spanish
IACHR Letter mc-260-07 al peticionarioguatemala January 20, 2011   Spanish
Informe de Actualizacion COPREDEH September 21, 2010   Spanish
Medida Cautelar MC-260-07 July 23, 2010   Spanish
MEM Update to IACHR March 18,2011   Spanish
Nota_audiencia ALCALDE smi October 20, 2010   Spanish
Solicitud de audiencia August 31, 2010   Spanish
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