Anglo American: the alternative report

Anglo American: the alternative report

How effective are voluntary CSR initiatives in the mining sector?

This report documents the performance of the world’s second largest mining company with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Despite Anglo American’s participation in various voluntary CSR initiatives, it continues to abuse human rights, fuel conflict and damage the local environment and livelihoods.

The report documents a number of Anglo American’s activities which highlight that there is still a long way to go as far as the company's commitment to CSR, including:

  • trade unionists who have protested against AngloGold Ashanti mining operations in Colombia have been murdered by military units assigned to protect the company
  • AngloGold Ashanti has links with armed groups responsible for human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • in the Philippines and South Africa, local communities threatened with Anglo American mines have faced severe repression in their fight to stay on their land
  • in Ghana, mining operations have devastated the environment and polluted vital water resources

The UK government’s opposition to a binding framework for corporate accountability enables companies such as Anglo American to continue to acquire vast wealth at the expense of the security and human rights of the communities in which it operates. The report insists that the UK government must state its support for international, legally binding regulation so that companies like Anglo American can be made accountable for their actions around the world.