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editor: Sakura Saunders, sakura.saunders(at)gmail.com
WHO IS BARRICK GOLD? Barrick Gold is the world's largest gold mining company, founded and chaired by Peter Munk. With a former Canadian Prime Minister on their board and former executives sitting on the board of the Canadian Pension Plan, Barrick enjoys government funding and diplomatic support.
Barrick Gold is based in Toronto, Canada while Africa Barrick is a UK-based company 70% owned by Barrick Gold.
WHY PROTEST BARRICK? In countries around the world, Barrick takes advantage of inadequate and poorly enforced regulatory controls to rob indigenous people of their lands, destroy sensitive ecosystems and agricultural land, support brutal police and security operations, and sue anyone who tries to report on it. In the context of this libel chill, Barrick has branded itself as the socially responsible mining giant and boasts its listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Behind the scenes, Barrick has been singled out [1,2] as the company most involved in the lobbying effort to stop private member’s bill C-300. This bill would have withdrawn government funding and diplomatic support for companies found – after an investigation – to be abusing human rights or violating international environmental norms.
Barrick has some cause for worry: last year, the Norwegian Pension fund divested $230 million from Barrick for ethical reasons, especially related to their mine in Papua New Guinea. And when Swiss Research firm Covalace compiled both quantitative and qualitative data – spanning seven years and 581 companies – they listed Barrick as the 12 least ethical company in the world.
A number of organizations have collaborated to organize both the CorpWatch report (released on May 2nd, 2007) and the content on this website. Since 2007, many more organizations have requested to be listed on protestbarrick.net. We recommend that you consult their websites for more information about mining issues.
MiningWatch, Canada – www.miningwatch.ca
Mines and Communities – www.minesandcommunities.org
Mineral Policy Institute – www.mpi.org.au
Friends of the Earth, Australia – www.foe.org.au
Save Lake Cowal Campaign – www.savelakecowal.org
Rainforest Information Center – www.rainforestinfo.org.au
Cyanide Watch – www.peacebus.com.cyber-pod.com/CyanideWatch/
Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales – www.olca.cl
CEDHA (Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente/Center for Human Rights and Environment) – cedha.net
Agua Vale Mas Que Oro - www.aguavalemasqueoro.org/index_en.htm
The Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance – www.bvdownstreamalliance.org/
Ciudadanos por la Vida – Argentina - ciudadanosporlavida.com.ar/
Suma contra Pascua Lama = Campaña de solidaridad – www.aguawww.sumacontrapascualama.blogspot.com/
Grupo No A Pascua Lama, Montreal
Porgera Alliance – PorgeraAlliance.net
Eco Lucha, Dominican Republic
American Friends of Baluchistan – baluchistan.newsvine.com
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