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Executive summary of Glencore’s response to PAS/ASK’s report on Glencore’s activities at the Prodeco group coal mine, Colombia [scroll down to page 237]

…We are proud of our long presence in Colombia, the contribution we have been able to make to its people and economy, our commitment to be a force for positive change and our role as an active participant in the transformative processes taking place in the country today…The sole aim of the PAS/ASK report is to highlight the Prodeco Group’s alleged failures in carrying out its obligations in Colombia in relation to fiscal, environmental, labour, community and resettlement issues. We are disappointed by the significant amount of information in the report which is inaccurate or incomplete, which has been incorrectly interpreted by the author or has been included out of context and as a result is likely to mislead a reader of the report. Glencore welcomes and appreciates the opportunity to engage with PAS/ASK. However, we were not consulted in the preparation of the PAS/ASK report nor have we been provided the opportunity to seek any amendment to its text. Instead we were provided a copy of what we assume will be the final report for review two weeks before its publication and invited to prepare a short response. In the limited timeframe available, we have not endeavoured to identify all inaccurate or misleading statements contained in the report. Glencore is fully committed to operating responsibly and in compliance with local regulation and international standards…