Villagers say mining has polluted water and destroyed homes, but London-listed African Barrick denies all charges. (African Barrick is a London-listed subsidiary of Barrick Gold, a Canadian company in which there is major British investment.)
Tanzanian villagers using an internal company grievance process to raise complaints about UK mining firm African Barrick Gold (ABG) have been required to sign a confidential legal waiver, committing them to secrecy and barring them from taking part in any further actions against the company. African Barrick is a London-listed subsidiary of Barrick Gold, a Canadian company in which there is major British investment.
The Indian Central Board of Investigation (CBI) has started an inquiry against Sterlite Industries Chairman Anil Agarwal, who is also CEO of Sterlite's UK-listed parent company Vedanta, to probe alleged irregularities in the disinvestment of Hindustan Zinc Ltd on the basis of "oral information" provided by a complainant.
There are moves afoot to re-open the Rio Tinto-owned Panguna copper mine and many people on Bougainville believe it is the only way Bougainville will get to the economic self-sufficiency it needs if it is to win independence from Papua New Guinea. Can Bougainville find an economically sustainable path without the mine?