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16 Jul 2018

Glencore response

"Glencore has had a presence in Zambia since 2000, when we acquired a shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines (Mopani) through a competitive tender. This was part of a general privatisation of Zambian copper mining assets, supported by the World Bank.

Prior to privatisation, Mopani experienced years of under-investment, safety performance was poor and its smelter had been emitting sulphur dioxide (SO2) unconstrained for over seventy years, with a significant effect on local air quality. To date, its corporate shareholders have spent over $4 billion in redeveloping and expanding operations...

At all of our operations, we believe that all occupational fatalities and injuries are preventable, and that we can create and maintain safe workplaces for all our people with strong safety leadership..."

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