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9 Apr 2019

Brazil: 86 NGOs write to business partners & investors of Vale, raising concerns about human rights violations related to the Brumadinho dam disaster

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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited 21 companies to respond to letters from 86 organizations from across the world raising concerns about the impacts and human rights violations related to the Mina do Feijao dam disaster on 25 January 2019, in Brumadinho, Brazil. The letters also address the case of the rupture of the Fundao dam in 2015, considered one of the worst socioenvironmental disasters in Brazil. The dam was owned by Samarco, a joint venture of Vale and BHP. The organizations allege the companies are involved in the activities/supply chain of Vale or are partners of the company and urge them to use their leverage and require Vale to remedy the situation caused by the dam's rupture.


Allianz, Arcelor-Mittal, BHP, BMW, Cargill, BNP Paribas, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Ford, HSBC, ING, thyssenKrupp and Vale responded. DZ Bank, General Motors, Samarco and Tüv Süd AG did not respond. We will inform in the near future if Cargill, Crédit Agricole, Hebei Jingye Group and Nissan respond.


To know more about the Mina do Feijao dam disaster on 25 January 2019, in Brumadinho, Brazil click here. To know more about the Fundao dam disaster click here.

Company Responses

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Samarco (joint venture BHP Billiton and Vale)

No Response


No Response

General Motors

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Daimler AG View Response