As mining company Rio Tinto is a British-Australian multinational metals and mining corporation with joint headquarters in London, UK, and Melbourne, Australia. It is the second-largest mining company in the world after BHP, with its market value exceeding $140 billion in 2020. It has 60 operations and projects in 36 different countries around the world, its commodities including aluminium, iron ore, copper, and diamonds. In May of 2020, Rio Tinto destroyed the 46,000-year-old Indigenous heritage site Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The resulting international press attention resulted in the resignation of the company’s CEO and other executives. prepares for its 9 April Annual General Meeting, a coalition of campaign groups and NGOs, including SOMO, have joined forces in a “Week of Action” to pressure Rio Tinto to meet its commitments, and answer demands from mining-affected communities.
“The company has the chance to act now to prevent environmental destruction, protect irreplaceable heritage sites, restore access to safe water, and put right past wrongs”, says SOMO researcher Rhodante Ahlers.
Visit the website of the London Mining Network for more information.