Orissa, India: "Utkal Bauxite & Alumina Project: Human Rights and Environmental Impacts" by former World Bank environmental adviser Robert Goodland (Utkal is joint venture Alcan & Hindalco)

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Company non-response
4 April 2007

Hindalco (part of Aditya Birla Group) did not respond to: Report by former World Bank advisor Robert Goodland raises serious human rights & environmental concerns about Utkal bauxite & alumina project.

Company response
4 April 2007

Response by Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan): Report by former World Bank advisor Robert Goodland raises serious human rights & environmental concerns about Utkal bauxite & alumina project.

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Article
19 March 2007

[PDF] India: Orissa, Kashipur - Utkal Bauxite & Alumina Project: Human Rights and Environmental Impacts

Author: Robert Goodland, former director of the World Bank's Environment Department

This publication reviews environmental and social aspects of plans by Utkal Alumina Industries Ltd to mine bauxite and refine it to more than 8 million tons of alumina annually, by means of a $1 billion joint venture between Canada’s Alcan and Hindalco [part of Aditya Birla]. It is designed to inform – or at least feed into — Alcan’s decisionmaking about their relationships with this project, to be announced on 31st March 2007. [also refers to Tata, NorskHydro, BHP Billiton, Vedanta Resources] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hindalco (Aditya Birla) to respond to the allegations. Hindalco declined to respond]

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Article
12 December 2006

[DOC] Backgrounder: The Utkal Project

Author: Alcan

Among other amenities, the [Utkal] Project includes a residential worker’s community, new school, new medical and water treatment facilities... [Alcan] believes that given its recognized standards in the area of sustainability, its participation would bring added value to the local community and region... Alcan has not yet made an investment decision to participate. The Company’s decision will be based on whether or not it believes the Project would meet its standards of sustainability from an economic, social and environmental perspective. [also refers to Hindalco (part of Aditya Birla)]

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