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Glencore reveals 56 fatalities, 6-figure environmental fines during 2008-10 - NGO says firm is well below sector leaders in safety, Glencore “concerned” about deaths

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9 September 2011

[DOC] Glencore’s First Sustainability Report Merely a Declaration of Intent

Author: Berne Declaration & Swissaid

The “Glencore Sustainability Report 2010” has not earned its name, because…[it does not] contain…the following elements: credible problem analysis, concrete metrics and indicators, and…concrete measures to reach clear objectives…Instead, individual unverifiable numbers without context and a few assorted charity stories from the PR department are peddled…Instead of striving for more transparency in its own business, Glencore prefers to support international initiatives that scrutinize governments…Thus, in its sustainability report Glencore supports the EITI…But for Glencore, support for the EITI implies no additional obligation for transparency. And misconduct by companies – for example Glencore’s aggressive tax avoidance in Zambia – is neither uncovered nor censured by the EITI.

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7 September 2011

Glencore reveals record of fatalities and environmental fines

Author: Leo Hickman, Fiona Harvey, Guardian [UK]

Mining and commodities giant Glencore has suffered dozens of fatalities and been subject to six-figure fines for environmental breaches, the company revealed...Glencore and its majority-owned operations suffered 56 fatalities in the 2008-10 period covered by its corporate responsibility report. It is the first such report produced by the company, even though they are standard in the sector...Roger Moody, of the London Mining Network...said the company's record put it well below the sector leaders in safety terms...Glencore said: "We are concerned about the figures because there's nothing more important than achieving no fatalities in your operations. It is the situation with the mining industry that it has more fatalities than other industries..."...An investigation by the Observer last year...found 154 work-related deaths...Vedanta had the highest toll, with 67, followed by Anglo American with 20 in one year, Kazakhmys with 17 and ENRC with 12. [also refers to Xstrata, Antofagasta]

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