Since May 2016, Oxy RB has accepted responsibility for the role Oxy HS has played in the HS issue. We recognize we were too late in providing this apology. Delays that increase the victims’ and family distress shouldn’t happen again.
Oxy RB is therefore committed to establish a solution for all outstanding victims of lung damage from the Oxy HS product that is sustainable and reflects the multiple causes of the tragedy. It also recognises the importance of providing for the long-term needs of victims.
Both the United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) and National Assembly (NA) reports highlighted the multi-party nature of the HS issue.
They recognised that many companies including chemical manufacturers, product manufacturers and government regulators played a role in this tragedy: all must consider their individual responsibility.
While Oxy RB acknowledges that it sold the majority of HS products containing PHMG, it did not sell them all. Lessons must be learnt by all parties to ensure this cannot happen again.
The compensation to those Category 1 and 2 victims who are recognized by the government should be based on a fair allocation of responsibility for contributions between responsible parties along the entire supply chain.
We do not consider it is fair for victims to have to navigate multiple different schemes and companies.
We believe it is vital that all responsible parties work to contribute to a single and commonly agreed compensation plan which is accessible to all outstanding Category 1 and 2 HS victims.
The Oxy RB Compensation Plan for Category 1 and 2 Oxy HS victims from Rounds 1 and 2 has now closed for registrations and 99% of eligible victims have registered. Oxy RB is trying to contact the 1 victim who had not yet registered. The Compensation Plan for Category 1 and 2 Oxy HS victims from Round 3 categorised on or before March 27, 2017 was opened for registration on July 10, 2017.
We would like to develop a similar framework for Category 1 and 2 victims in Round 3 categorised after March 27, 2017 and encourage other responsible parties to join us to make this an industry scheme.
We will work hard to engage other stakeholders, including the Korean government and other manufacturers and ingredient suppliers to try to find a long term and sustainable industry-wide solution for all Category 1 and 2 HS victims who are categorised after March 27, 2017 in Round 3 and in Round 4.