“Relationships” in Congo – Corruption allegations against Glencore

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.   ... →

Glencore: Seven dead in mining accident in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Swiss-based mining company Glencore, has given up looking for survivors after a wall collapse at their open-pit Katanga mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo

After 10 days of searching the mining firm has finally given up looking for survivors of this incident as it has given up hope of finding anyone left alive. Ivan Glasberg, the CEO, of Glencore made a statement on 17 March 2016 in which he expressed his condolences and noted that they would “continue to work relentlessly to improve health and safety across the group.”

However, this brings to the fore once again Glencore’s poor history with health and safety.   ... →

Study gives recommendations for action for more sustainability in the supply of raw materials

Human and labour rights violations, environmental pollution and destruction. Many companies cannot be certain that various ethical or ecological standards are not being violated in their supply chains. This is particularly the case when there is a high dependence on suppliers. Companies can therefore have different incentives to monitor their supply chain carefully. It may be pressure from the legislators, but also may be due to reputation and competitive reasons.   ... →

Anvil Mining: Canadian company accused of supporting military responsible for Congo massacre

Human Rights Violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Anvil Mining provided logistical assistance to Congolese troops who violently suppressed an uprising in the mining town of Kilwa, killing more than 70 persons.

According to the Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI), Anvil Mining provided vehicles and planes in 2004 to the Congolese military to support it oppressing an attempt by rebels to take over Kilwa, a Congolese town where Anvil Mining is operating.   ... →