26 January, 2022
Cerro Dominador recently joined the Good Supplier Practices initiative of the Ministry of Energy that promotes relations among the players involved in developing energy projects, and it attended the affiliation milestone event together with 13 other companies in the sector. At the event, Francisco Lopez, Undersecretary of Energy, emphasized: “We are interested in maintaining harmonious, beneficial relationships with each of the links in the contract chain. This will help us contribute to strengthening a sustainable energy sector that is respectful of rights and appreciated by society.”
Cerro Dominador has always had a close and transparent relationship with its suppliers and has given priority to developing local and national companies. One particularly sensitive subject for suppliers is payment. For example, they are currently embarked on a payment by substitution process when the main contractor does not make payment. This is unusual and reasserts Cerro Dominador’s responsibility and commitment to the project and to a good, healthy economy in the nation. Each time it has learned of proven disputes between subcontractors and their employees or failure by subcontractors to pay them, it has taken the pertinent actions with the main contractor (the only party with which Cerro Dominador has a direct contractual relationship) so that they take action to confirm when payments are not being made in the subcontracting chain, whether to suppliers or to workers.
The work document was prepared after a survey was taken by the Community Relations and Engagement Division (DPRC) of the Ministry of Energy, which has worked on identifying the main issues, challenges and proposed solutions in connection with the management of suppliers and subcontractors in energy projects, as the document’s title indicates.