Rio Tinto: No Progress, Only Hollow Talk

Apr 8, 2021 | News

Published here on 2nd May 2021

To mark Rio Tinto’s 2021 AGM, campaigners from five continents came together to push back against the company’s hollow talk. Rio Tinto says its a force for “human progress”, but around the world its actions tell a different story. Here we collect the community demands Rio Tinto must address, materials from our campaign, and resources on Rio Tinto mines.

Community Demands

Communities living near Rio Tinto operations across the globe feel the impact of these mines daily. They demand that Rio Tinto meets its commitments to respect heritage, water, land, and people.

Bougainville – Panguna

Madagascar – QMM

Mongolia – Oyu Tolgoi

Serbia – Jadar

USA – Resolution Copper

Our Questions to the AGM

Organisations with which LMN is working have submitted the following questions to Rio Tinto in advance of the 9 April meeting.

Panguna copper mine, Bougainville

Grasberg copper and gold mine, West Papua

Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, Mongolia

QMM mineral sands mine in Madagascar

Jadar lithium project, Serbia

Resolution Copper project, Arizona, USA

In the run-up to Rio Tinto’s AGM (5 – 9 April), we ran an online campaign drawing attention to Rio Tinto’s failure to meet its commitments and to listen to community demands. Each day we shared and examples relating to four key areas – erasing Indigenous heritage, causing Water Stress, damaging the environment, and looting resources. On the day of the AGM itself, we encourage all our supporters to send a message to Rio Tinto.


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