‘Glencore’s ruthless cost-cutting harms communities in the Congo’, say NGOs
A new in-depth study about Glencore’s Congolese mines – ‘PR or Progress? Glencore’s Corporate Responsibility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ’ – published by Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and two leading Swiss development agencies, Bread for All and Fastenopfer, finds that the company’s performance falls far short of international standards in a number of critical areas. Glencore’s CEO Ivan Glasenberg, has told shareholders that the only concern of mine managers should be ‘to get products to the gate as cheaply as possible’. But poor communities living next to Glencore’s mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pay a heavy price for the company’s strategy for success.
Two important new reports from LMN member group Corporate Watch
To the Ends of the Earth: a Guide to Unconventional Fossil Fuels
Investigating Companies: A Do-It-Yourself Handbook
New infographic from LMN member group WDM
Around the early 1900s the European colonial powers built railways to connect the interior of Africa to the ports. They used this infrastructure to export food and minerals out of Africa to feed the industrial revolution in Europe. Over a hundred years later it’s happening all over again.
See new WDM infographic at http://www.wdm.org.uk/new-scramble-africa-food-dfid-infrastructure-extraction/.
Lethal Metals: Infographic on gold from Earthworks
(See http://www.earthworksaction.org/files/publications/20TonsMemo_FINAL.pdf to find out how the 20 tons of mine waste per gold ring figure was calculated.)