Egypt: Benban Solar-06
A former employee of Benban Solar Park.
Labor conditions, unfair dismissal from employment.
From IFC, $225 million.
Benban Solar Park is a 36 square-kilometer area composed of 32 operational energy-generating power plants that are operated by different companies near the village of Benban in Egypt.
IFC leads a consortium of nine international banks, providing a debt package totaling $653 million—of which $225 million is financed by IFC. This capital supports the construction of 13 of the 41 solar power plants that make up the Benban Solar Park.
MIGA has 12 active guarantees for projects in the Benban Solar Park. Of these 12 projects, three are financed by the IFC-led consortium, and nine by a consortium led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
On September 23 2022, CAO received a complaint from a former employee of Health and Safety Home (H&SH), a subcontractor for Benban Solar Park. The former employee alleged she was unfairly dismissed from work and her contract with H&SH was not renewed.
The issues raised in the complaint were deemed eligible to open a case at CAO on October 14, 2022. CAO began an assessment of the issues raised in the complaint on October 17, 2022.
An assessment of this case is ongoing.
Note: The CAO assessment process does not entail a judgment on the merits of the complaint; rather, it seeks to understand the facts and empower those involved to make informed decisions on how to address the issues raised.
Status as of December 20, 2022.