Zambia: Report alleges mining related pollution causing food insecurity & compromising livelihoods, includes FQM’s comments; KCM did not respond
In May 2019 Swedwatch released a report on unsustainable copper mining in Zambia. The report titled Copper with a cost – Human rights and environmental risks in the minerals supply chains of ICT. A case study from Zambia. The study found that communities have suffered from food insecurity and lowered income-levels as pollution of soil and water caused by discharge has degraded their farmland, and that relocation of communities following the establishment of mining projects have proved challenging. The report findings highlight the importance that ICT companies sourcing copper perform HRDD on their mineral supply chains, such as copper and other high-risk minerals, in addition to 3TG and cobalt. The research team also visited Chingola, which hosts the Nchanga mine owned by Konkola Copper Mines Plc. (KCM). Swedwatch initiated dialogue with First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQM) in response FQM stated it has followed international best practices in its relocation programme. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited both Vedanta and KCM to respond both did not respond, the Resource Centre will publish the response when we receive it.