Anglo Wins "SHAME" Award

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  1. maxisoft


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    thought I'd post this news report on this morning: | business | business news | Anglo wins 'shame award'

    Anglo wins 'shame award'

    Mon, 31 Jan 2011 9:34

    South African mining giant AngloGold Ashanti scooped the unwanted "Public Eye Award" for environmental and social "irresponsibility" on Friday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

    Campaigners in Davos to lobby the world business elite's annual get-together claimed the firm "contaminates land and people with its gold mining in Ghana".

    "AngloGold Ashanti has destroyed over 50 rivers in Ghana that are indispensable for the residents. The rivers dry up, or mining toxins cause them to die off completely," the activists alleged.

    Company spokesperson Alan Fine told Agence France-Presse: "First we have no idea what criteria was used for this award. Secondly, we have never been approached by these organisations and thirdly most of the events they refer to happened many years ago before our company was established."

    Named and shamed
    Other firms nominated for the award included oil giant BP after an April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and unleashed 4.9-million barrels of oil in a maritime spill.

    Coca Cola, Philip Morris and Toyota were also "named and shamed".

    Neste Oil, a Finnish manufacturer of bio diesel, won a separate online poll to nominate the "world's worst company" in terms of negative environmental and social impact, winning over 17 000 of 50 000 votes cast.

    The firm, which sells biofuels from palm oil, "accelerates rainforest destruction and displaces ever more local communities in Indonesia and Malaysia", organisers said.

    Simo Honkanen, responsible for sustainability at the firm, said: "Neste Oil is disappointed in the outcome of the Public Eye Award announced today and believes that it does not reflect the true nature of the situation."

    "We believe that we are one of the world's most responsible companies buying palm oil today."
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  3. Jeann1


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    Business and government must work together, Cynthia tells Davos

    Published on 28 January 2011

    Cynthia Carroll has played a prominent role at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, speaking at a number of events and emphasising both the importance of investing in Africa and of strong relationships with host governments.

    The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation which aims to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society in shaping global, regional and industry agendas. Its Annual Meetings bring together leaders from around the world in Davos, Switzerland, to debate and formulate solutions to key global challenges.
    At the 2011 Annual Meeting earlier this week, Cynthia attended a full programme of sessions and events alongside fellow chief executives, politicians and other global leaders including Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, Morgan Tsvangerai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and Felipe Larraín, the Chilean Finance Minister.
    Cynthia is chair of the Mining and Metals Governors Group and this year hosted a lunch and discussion on the global economic outlook. The Group, including Frans Beleni of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers and Morgan Tsvangerai, also discussed industry policy, looking at best practice business models and the role of public private collaboration.
    Earlier, Cynthia had been a panellist at took part in a breakfast session where she had offered an answer to the question: “Why invest in Africa?”
    “Because”, she said, “the continent offers good business opportunities. In the mining sector, with global resources becoming scarcer, Africa represents a key supplier.”
    Cynthia spoke about Anglo American’s investment in South Africa and of the key importance of strong relationships with government.
    In return for our investment, she said, “we need an open, well-regulated market which allows for movement of goods and finance and where we know the rules to be reliable and fair. In the mining industry, lead times are long and we need to be able to plan with confidence up to 10-20 years ahead. So we like working with governments that are prepared to take a strategic industry view and see business as an important partner in their country’s socio-economic development.”
    Other crucial factors for Anglo American, she said, are good communication – so that we know what is going on in the decision-making process - and transparency.
    “In South Africa we contribute tax revenue for the government of over $1.2 billion, making us the biggest South African taxpayer, but we see ourselves as having a far wider role both in terms of our actual economic contribution and as a good corporate citizen in helping to embed the principles of business integrity.”
    Cynthia also stressed the importance of commitment from government to the development of infrastructure.
    She concluded: “Political partnership is the underlying key element. It is entirely possible and indeed logical for government and business to be working together to achieve commonly held goals.”
    At Davos, Cynthia also attended a roundtable discussion on the new Responsible Mineral Development Initiative, launched to explore the concerns of key stakeholders on mineral development. She welcomed the Initiative and congratulated the Forum on a helpful contribution to the debate around how mining can best support development.
    Later, at a dinner opened by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Cynthia took part alongside Jacob Zuma in a table discussion on the theme of “From Vision to Action: Africa’s Next Chapter.”

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  4. seank


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    Wow, interesting
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    Making fuel from food crops is perhaps the stupidest result of the energy independence/renewable fuel processes. Deforestation accounts for 20% of carbon emissions.

    Stunningly dumb.
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