On Friday the 25th of January, a tailings dam at the Córrego de Feijão mine in Brumadinho, Brazil suffered a cave-in, resulting in a toxic landslide causing more than 99 casualties, with still 259 missing. The mudslide engulfed a nearby canteen in which workers of the mine had been eating lunch before progressing to nearby houses. ... →
The Dirty Profits 6 was released in May 2018 and reported on violations committed by mining companies including environmental and human rights violations. One of the companies covered in the report was Anglo American, a large multinational mining and raw material processing corporation. There were two cases in the Brazilian state Mina Gerais in March 2018 that lead to considerable pollution due to leakages that were found in the iron pipeline. ... →
Over two years after the disaster, there is still no complete assessment of the socio-environmental and socio-economic damages suffered by the affected communities.
As reported in Dirty Profits 6 – In March 2016, Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton signed an agreement with the federal and state governments for socioeconomic and environmental recovery work worth a total of around BRL20bn over 15 years. ... →
The negotiation process towards a meaningful treaty on business and human rights has been underway since 2014 at the UN Human Rights Council. The process has been a slow one but the development and release of the draft treaty in July this year is a strong indication that there is a clear change coming to the world of business and human rights. ... →
The meat industry is heavily responsible for global warming, according to a recent study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the environmental organisation Grain. The emissions of the animals in the form of methane, as well as the production of the meat are the key factors contributing to the massive greenhouse gas emissions from the meat industry. ... →
Glencore, the world’s largest commodity corporation, is suspected of corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is expected to be sued on that basis. A Glencore subsidiary is said to have paid $ 6 million annually since 2013 to a company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on a quid pro quo basis. ... →