FARDC IN AREA AROUND KAMOTO COPPER COMPANY
4 July 2019
Glencore confirms that the armed forces of the DRC (FARDC) are in the area around the operations of the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC). This follows a growing presence of illegal artisanal miners throughout industrial mining concessions in the Kolwezi area, which led to the tragic incident at KCC on 27 June 2019.
KCC has communicated its expectations to the FARDC to exercise restraint and operate in accordance with Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (the Voluntary Principles) and international human rights standards. This includes the principles relating to the use of proportionate force and provision of medical aid.
As stipulated in our Code of Conduct, Glencore upholds the dignity, fundamental freedoms and human rights of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we live and work as well as others affected by our activities. We prioritise the safety and security of our workforce and host communities. Glencore is committed to working in line with the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the UN Global Compact. In March 2015, we became a corporate participant in the Voluntary Principles Initiative. Since 2013, we have been implementing the Voluntary Principles at our assets with a high risk of security-related human rights breaches, which includes KCC.
KCC will continue to engage with all the relevant stakeholders to collaborate on identifying and implementing a long-term, sustainable solution to illegal mining in the DRC.
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