November 2015, a man taking pictures of the destroyed village of Bento Rodrigues after the dam failure. Photo taken by Romerito Pontes via Flickr.
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. ... →
In the last week of August, Brazilian President Temer, who has previously been arrested for corruption, released a huge nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest for raw material exploitation. The nature reserve is located in the national park Reserva Nacional do Corbe e Assiciados (Renca) in the northern states of Amapá and Para. The area of the released reserve is four million hectares, approximately an area the size of Denmark. ... →
A new report released by Mighty Earth looks at global meat production and its impact on the South American rainforest. It investigates soy production by companies such as Cargill and Bunge, soy being an important input into cattle feed. Soy production in Brazil and Bolivia is contributing to serious deforestation. According to the report large scale forest clearing is being undertaken by Bolivian and Brazilian farmers who trade with Cargill. ... →
Brazil’s state police have found the mining company Samarco, a joint venture between Vale S.A. and BHP Billiton, accountable for willful misconduct in connection with the fatal tailings dam break in November 2015. After a seven month investigation, ending in early June 2016, police concluded that Samarco ignored signs of damage for years, for example cracks which indicated towards a risk of fracture. ... →
Once again Nestlé is facing accusations related to its apparent inability to exclude violations of fundamental labour and human rights in its supply chain. After allegations of child labour in Côte d’Ivoire on Nestlé delivered cocoa plantations, and slave-like conditions in the production of Nestle cat food in Thailand, now Brazilian suppliers of Nestlé Coffee division are facing criticism due to forced labor – and thus once again Nestlé itself. ... →
Nearly four months after the devastating environmental disaster in Brazil, which killed 17 people and left two others missing, as well as causing untold environmental destruction, there has been a step forward in seeking reparations for the incident. The dam break in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has been named the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history due to the significant damage and contamination of the Rio Doce. ... →