Luxembourg pension fund blacklists six firms over Saharan imports
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A Luxembourg government fund has excluded six companies from its portfolios due to "association to illegal exploitation of natural resources (Western Sahara)".
Published: 19.11 - 2014 15:44Printer version    
On 15 November 2014, the Fonds de Compensation commun au régime général de pension (FDC), published the list of 61 companies that it has decided to blacklist. No less than six of those companies have been rejected because they purchase phosphate from Moroccan occupied Western Sahara.

FDC has divested from Canada's Agrium Inc and Potash Corp Sasketchewan, Australian firms Wesfarmers and Incitec Pivot Ltd and USA firms Innophos Holdings and FMC Corporation, citing their "association to illegal exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara".

All six companies had been listed by WSRW in its June 2014 "P for Plunder" report, which gives a complete overview of all clients, volumes, values and shipments of illegally excavated phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara for the years 2012-2013.

The file from FDC can also be downloaded here.

    

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