Rio Tinto to Set Up Indigenous Advisory Group, Boost Heritage Disclosures
By Rhiannon Hoyle
SYDNEY--Rio Tinto said it will set up an indigenous advisory
group to improve the miner's understanding of cultural heritage
issues following the destruction of two ancient rock shelters in
Australia last year.
The miner said the decision to establish the group follows broad
consultation with traditional land owners and indigenous
Rio Tinto also said it has started a review on best practice for
cultural heritage management in the mining industry, which will be
done in consultation with the indigenous advisory group and other
independent parties. This "will enable Rio Tinto to identify gaps
in current protocols and provide a clear pathway to re-establish
trust over time and regain Rio Tinto's previous standing in this
area," the miner said.
Rio Tinto, the world's second largest mining company by market
value, has also committed to additional disclosures on heritage
issues, which will begin from the third quarter of this year.
The destruction of the caves at Juukan Gorge in the north west
of the country last May cost Rio Tinto's chief executive, chairman
and two other executives their jobs and damaged the mining
industry's reputation more broadly.
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