Anglo American is being taken to court for not protecting its workers in South Africa from dangerous dust.
More than a thousand former miners from South Africa are bringing a case against Anglo American through the British courts after contracting the incurable lung disease silicosis. They say they were offered no masks, ventilation or proper protection from dust in mines part-owned by Anglo American, even though it was known that the dust could be harmful.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility is proposing to make it compulsory for companies to report back to shareholders on their human rights record. The group has tabled an amendment to the Financial Services Bill, which would mean that companies would be legally obliged to inform shareholders if others have questioned their corporate ethics.