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Author: Kinross (Canada), Published on: 20 February 2018
MEMO...to...Business and Human Rights Resource Center...February 2, 2018...The AG-JG reports present numerous unfounded and factually incorrect allegations along with partial, false and misleading information. These reports do a disservice to the community and damage the reputation of Kinross by misinforming the public about the Company's activities at Paracatu. Kinross has a long history of transparency on social and environmental matters related to our operations and we are strongly committed to operating to the highest social, environmental and ethical standards across all our global operations, including our Morro do Ouro mine in Paracatu, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is important to note that neither Above Ground or Global Justice have shown interest in discussing the allegations they raised. In fact, it was Kinross that reached out to these groups to initiate dialogue after learning that they were preparing reports about our activities. Although they did agree to meet with us, we met only once with each group (with Global Justice in 2015, and with Above Ground in January 2017). It is disappointing that neither group took the time to accept our offer to continue the dialogue...Traditional Communities (Quilombola) – respectful and constructive engagement...there is no "artisanal mining" at the Morro do Ouro Mine...Environment and Public Health – years of studies demonstrate that the mine does not contaminate and that arsenic is not a public health concern at Paracatu... Kinross sources water from basins that a do not serve the city...Kinross is a good neighbor...
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