Peru: Glencore copper mine impacts local communities; including past company responses

An Environmental Justice Atlas case study alleges that Glencore's Tintaya and Antapaccay copper mines in Peru have negatively impacted local communities and the environment. The case study alleges that these mining operations are linked to violent repressive action by local authorities. Glencore's Tintaya mine closed in 2013.

This story includes previous responses provided by Glencore to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, concerning allegations which also feature in the Environmental Justice Atlas case study.

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17 March 2020

Glencore in Tintaya copper mine in Espinar, Perú

Author: Environmental Justice Atlas

Militarization, abuses of human rights, police repression to the protesting communities and massive contamination of heavy metals in the soil and in the bodies of peoples and animals.

In the province of Espinar (Cuzco), where Glencore operates in the mining complexes of Tintaya (the mine is in the process of its closure), Antapaccay (which started its production in 2012) and Coroccohuayco (in exploration) [1], there have been complaints and lawsuits from the local communities regarding the pollution, which endangers their health and that of their animals [2]. There are two central aspects in the actions of the Peruvian State and the mining company: violations of the human rights of the communities that live around the mining complexes and the environmental contamination generated in the area. The case tackles both aspects, noting that the Peruvian government has taken position in the conflict in favor of the mining company, facilitating the presence of police forces to hold down the protestors and not recognizing the existing contamination...

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Company response
25 February 2019

Response by Glencore

Author: Glencore

…Glencore is aware of allegations made by Ms Umasi and Mr Coaquira in respect of December event which occurred inside Antapaccay's land. This event is regrettable. We understand that four members of Antapaccay's security team were injured during this event. Glencore takes very seriously our human rights commitment towards communities where we and our business partners operate, and we expect our business partners to do the same. Glencore has always and will continue to reject violence and is committed to transparent and constructive community engagement…Glencore is undertaking an independent review of the recent event. If, following the independent review, it is determined that any of Antapaccay's team reacted in a way that is not consistent with our Code of Conduct, security and human rights policies and training, we will take appropriate action.

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Company response
11 April 2018

Response by Glencore

Author: Glencore

…Glencore has had a presence in Peru since 2002 and since that time, we have worked closely with our host communities to maximise the benefits of our activities and minimise or avoid potential negative impacts.

On 3 April 2018, workers from the Antapaccay copper operation were carrying out construction activities on a canal that is situated on the mine’s property. Antapaccay acquired this land in 2009.

During the constructions work, a small number of women illegally entered Antapaccay’s property and began to throw stones at the workers. Concerned for the safety of its employees and equipment Antapaccay contacted the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Espinar. Antapaccay is legally obliged to inform the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the event of social unrest.

The Public Prosecutor´s Office requested that the local police access Antapaccay’s property to restore order and peacefully withdraw the women.

Antapaccay prioritises respect for human rights and upholds those of our people and our local communities. It aligns its security practices with the United Nations’ Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which addresses engagement with both public and private security providers.

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Company response
31 January 2017

Response by Glencore

Glencore has been operating in Peru since 1988 when it acquired its initial interest in Los Quenuales, a zinc and lead producer.  In addition to Los Quenuales, our Peruvian assets include: - The Tintaya-Antapaccay copper operation; - Perubar – port and storage facilities; - A 33.75% interest in Antamina (operated by a joint venture company)…These operations employ around 7,00’0 people…Glencore has owned and operated Compañia Minera Antapaccay (formerly Xstrata Tintaya S.A.) since May 2013, following its acquisition of Xstrata.  It should be noted that Antapaccay mine started operations in November 2012 and Tintaya mine ended operations in December 2012; in May 2012, Antapaccay was a project under development…

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