Accusations are often made that mining companies, both big and small, offer inducements to governments and civil society organisations in order to gain accreditation as socially or environmentally responsible. Such claims are usually difficult – if not impossible – to prove. Now, an Australian lawyer, acting on behalf of victims of lead poisoning for which UK-Swiss Xstrata is allegedly responsible, has nailed the company’s flagrant attempt to influence the findings of no less a body than the UN’s World Health Organisation.