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FARDC in area around operations of Kamoto Copper Company

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Global Mining Review,

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 the company’s Code of Conduct, Glencore upholds the dignity, fundamental freedoms and human rights of its employees, contractors and the communities in which they live and work, as well as others affected by its activities. The company prioritises the safety and security of its 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, Glencore became a corporate participant in the Voluntary Principles Initiative. Since 2013, it has been implementing the voluntary principles at its 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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