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Company Response

25 Jan 2021

Anglo American responds to Association of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples and Amazon Watch letter

[W]e continue to uphold our 2003 commitment to neither explore nor develop new mines in World Heritage sites. We also respect legally designated protected areas, in line with the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) Position Statement on Mining and Protected Areas. Second, we will always adhere to local laws and international standards when engaging with Indigenous Peoples and we will seek to obtain Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples prior to conducting activities that require access to Indigenous Peoples’ lands and/or impact Indigenous Peoples’ livelihoods or cultural heritage during all stages of exploration. Anglo American also respects the right of indigenous communities to oppose mining-related activities on their land and will refrain from undertaking any activities if consent is withheld.

Third, our overarching approach seeks to protect the rights of indigenous communities and to ensure that where consent is given, it is maintained through continuous engagement. Finally, when legislative change is considered that could affect Indigenous Peoples, we advocate that it is done in consultation with the relevant communities and that their consent is secured.

... In the letter of 22 December 2020, the APIB and Amazon Watch claim that as of 10 November 2020, 27 permits had been granted by the Agência Nacional de Mineração (Brazil’s National Mining Agency – ANM) for Anglo American to prospect copper within Indigenous Lands in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that neither Anglo American Brazil nor any of its subsidiaries hold any exploration permits on Indigenous Lands in Brazil.

Part of the following stories

Brazil: NGO report alleges that international financial institutions are enabling violations of Indigenous Peoples' rights in the Amazon

Brazil: APIB and Amazon Watch call on Anglo American to refrain from mining activities on Indigenous lands; incl. company response