Christian Aid & other organizations call on multinationals in Zambia to give the country “a better deal” in copper mining contracts

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Company response
14 November 2007

Response by Zambia Copper Investments: Christian Aid & other organizations call on multinationals in Zambia to give the country "a better deal" in copper mining contracts.

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Article
12 November 2007

[DOC] Zambia Copper Investments response to “Undermining development?” report

Author: Tom Kamwendo, Chairman, Zambia Copper Investments

We thank you for the invitation to respond to the report...We are unable to comment on any specific items in the report at present...We wish to state that...We support the renegotiation of the development agreement between the Zambian government and Konkola Copper Mines [joint venture Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper Investments & ZCCM Investments] and will be advocating for improved benefits to the Zambian communities.

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Article
8 November 2007

[PDF] Comments by SCIAF, Christian Aid, Action for Southern Africa on Vedanta's response to report on its mining operations in Zambia

Author: Action for Southern Africa, Christian Aid, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

We were heartened to hear that Vedanta...welcomes the report’s aims of sharing the benefits of development and will pay attention to its recommendations...We welcome your engagement and, in that spirit, would like to respond to your letter by outlining three areas which we felt deserved more consideration in the correspondence.

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Article
28 October 2007

Don't 'Undermine' Development in Zambia

Author: Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

Major Scottish investors are backing a Vedanta Resources-owned copper mining company which is selling Zambia short whilst generating huge profits from the country’s finite natural resource, according to evidence in a report published today. It calls on Vedanta and its Scottish investors including Standard Life, HBOS and Dundee-based Alliance Trust, to use their ‘corporate social responsibility’ credentials to help rectify the situation...

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Article
28 October 2007

[PDF] Undermining development? Copper mining in Zambia

Author: Action for Southern Africa, Christian Aid, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

...[T]his report argues that Zambian society is deriving few of the advantages of copper mining while suffering many of the disadvantages...The evidence gathered...questions and challenges [the] reliance on self-policing and host-country regulation. Human rights are not negotiable, and as such their protection and promotion should not be optional. [refers to Anglo American, Alliance Trust, Barclays, Chambishi, HBOS, Konkola Copper Mines (joint venture Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper Investments, ZCCM Investments) Standard Life, Vedanta]

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Company response
26 October 2007

[Vedanta response to SCIAF, Christian Aid, Action for Southern Africa report on its mining operations in Zambia

Author: Vedanta Resources

As a major long-term investor in Zambia and a partner with the Zambian government in KCM [Konkola Copper Mines (joint venture Vedanta Resources, Zambia Copper Investments & ZCCM Investments)], we are keen to ensure that the country reaps the benefits of its mining industry. Although we feel that the report is in some ways misleading (see page 2) and does not reflect the views either of the Government of Zambia, or of companies investing there, we welcome its aims of sharing the benefits of development and will pay attention to its recommendations.

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