Company Involved: BHP Billiton
Industry: Basic Materials
Industry Subsector: General Mining
Official Involved: Hun Sen, Cambodian prime minister
Enforcement Action: Investigation
Summary: According to Australian media, recently released diplomatic cables reveal Hun Sen’s close involvement in 2006 negotiations with BHP executives that led to the company being granted bauxite exploration rights over “a huge area of land.” BHP stopped all activity in Cambodia after NGO reports alleged the company had paid $3.5 million to Cambodian officials.