Intl. & Congolese NGOs accuse Glencore of human rights and environment abuses in DRC – with comments by Glencore

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Company response
16 April 2012

Glencore response to BBC Panorama Broadcast

Author: Glencore

The children featured in the Panorama programme do NOT work for Glencore or any of its subsidiaries. The copper ore produced is NOT purchased by Glencore or any of its subsidiaries. We have every measure in place to ensure that the copper ore they produce is NOT processed by Glencore or any of its subsidiaries. Glencore does NOT profit from child labour...Glencore only took control of the Luilu plant in mid 2009, but the river pollution has been going on there for more than 50 years. Glencore has spent millions of dollars addressing this issue, whilst also keeping the plant open to safeguard 6,500 jobs...Glencore takes its responsibilities very seriously and sustainability is an integral part of everything we do. We have created a framework to balance social, environmental, ethical and commercial interests at every level of our Group which we call Glencore Corporate Practice...Glencore does not have any involvement in artisanal mining in the DRC.

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Article
1 April 2012

[PDF] Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo: profit before human rights and the environment

Author: Chantal Peyer and François Mercier, Bread for all and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund

Bread for all and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, in collaboration with Congolese non-governmental organisations (NGOs)...carried out research in order to learn more about the impact of the Swiss company's activities [Glencore] in Katanga...This investigation...deepens and expands the analysis on several points, in particular the situation of the artisanal miners...the firm's impact on the environment...the working conditions in the industrial mines...and the taxation of Glencore and its subsidiaries...Working conditions...are appalling: child labour, accidents, problems of hygiene...The results show massive pollution...in particular by acid...the water in the canal, which discharges the waste water into the river, is black and smells of rotten eggs...the water burns the skin and the irritation is persistent...the consultation...did not meet the standards set down by law and did not permit those consulted to understand the full implications, defend their interests and follow up the commitments made by the company...Glencore is one of the companies making the most use of tax havens...[Also refers to Anglo America, Chemaf, Chemoil Energy, Century Aluminum, Freeport-McMoRan, Gecamines, George Forrest, Groupe Bazano, Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), Katanga Mining, Misa Mining, Mopani Copper Mine, Mutanda Mining, Samref Congo, TFM: Tenke Fungurume (joint venture Freeport-McMoRan, Lundin, Gécamines), UC Rusal, Xstrata]. [The Resource Centre invited Glencore to respond to this report; as a response, Glencore sent us the statement below].

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