To Jeanne Johns,
Chief Executive Officer of Incitec Pivot Ltd.
Sent via email on 3 December 2019
Dear Ms Johns,
I am writing to follow-up on Incitect Pivot Ltd’s halting of phosphate rock imports from occupied Western Sahara.
Our organization, Western Sahara Resource Watch, is in the process of writing an update of its annual P for Plunder report, documenting the phosphate trade from the last colony in Africa. Please find previous issues of that report here: https://www.wsrw.org/a105x4497.
Incitec Pivot will be featured in the new report, and categorized as a company that is “under observation”: a company that has not imported from Western Sahara in recent years, but one that might potentially resume purchases.
We understand that Incitec Pivot received its last cargo of Western Sahara phosphate in December 2016, as was stated by IPL to the Australian Western Sahara Association, and as is corroborated by our own vessel-tracking. However, we have not seen a formal statement from IPL indicating that it has abandoned the trade while the status of Western Sahara has not been settled in accordance with international law.
Accordingly, a two-fold question to Incitec Pivot:
1. Has IPL released a statement announcing it will not resume phosphate imports from Western Sahara pending resolution of the conflict in accordance with international law?
2. If not, will IPL release such a statement in the near future?
We’d be grateful for an answer before 20 December 2019. Your clarification will allow us to properly label your company in the upcoming report. Naturally, we’d look forward to placing the company under the header of “companies no longer involved”, and as such would welcome a clear statement from IPL regarding its presumed decision to halt any further imports from Western Sahara.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Western Sahara Resource Watch
A group of Saharawi refugees yesterday demonstrated against the Australian company Incitec Pivot. The company has bought a cargo of conflict minerals from a mine on their land, from the occupation government.
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