Philippines: Women's groups protest in front of Sagittarius Mines office, allege mining undermines women's rights

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17 April 2013

[PDF] Tampakan Copper-Gold Project Sustainability Report 2012

Author: Xstrata Copper

This report provides comprehensive information about the Tampakan Project’s sustainable development (SD) performance during the 2012 calendar year…[The company has] developed this report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelines and the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement…

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Company response
15 April 2013

Sagittarius Mines, Inc. response

Author: Ian Callow, Sagittarius Mines

It is important to note that our proposed Tampakan project…is currently in the approvals phase and, as such, is not an operating mine. SMI is developing the project in line with the industry-leading sustainable development practices of our managing shareholder, Xstrata Copper, which are aligned with the international standards including the United Nations (UN) Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization Conventions, the UN Global Compact, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR)...

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9 March 2013

Anti-mining protest marks International Women’s Day [Philippines]

Author: Jonathan Mayuga, Business Mirror [Philippines]

Members of various women’s groups stormed the bustling central business district of Makati City…to protest the government’s policy to promote mining, which, they said, is undermining women’s rights in the Philippines. The creative protest, which capped the celebration of the International Women’s Day…saw more than a hundred women from more than 30 different women’s groups, simultaneously dancing for about 30 minutes…in front of…the corporate office of the Sagittarius Mines...(SMI). SMI is the proponent of the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project in southern Mindanao, which is being strongly opposed by various stakeholders…“Mining is poisoning the community’s food and water, killing indigenous women, exploiting workers, displacing rural women, and worsening prostitution,” [said a leader of the protest]. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Sagittarius Mines to respond. Sagittarius Mines response and sustainability report below.]

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