Big investors challenge miners over traditional owner consent

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 30-Oct-20

AustralianSuper and CBus are among the Australian investor signatories to an open letter to the world’s major mining companies. The letter was written in response to Rio Tinto’s destruction of ancient indigenous rock shelters at Juukan Gorge and subsequent revelations regarding its deficiencies in managing the controversy. The letter asks mining companies to assess the "genuineness" of the consents they have secured from traditional owners, and asks how they are managing cultural heritage risks. Apart from Rio, recipients of the letter with Australian mines include BHP, Newcrest, Evolution Mining, Fortescue Metals Group and OZ Minerals.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, EVOLUTION MINING LIMITED – ASX EVN, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, SARACEN MINERAL HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SAR

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