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Vote mining giant Freeport as worst company

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Greenpeace and the Berne Declaration will
contribute again the Public Eye Awards in 2012 for the most
irresponsible, exploitative and polluting company of the
year. The vote starts today!

Vote mining giant
Freeport as worst company in Public Eye's worst company
award:
http://www.publiceye.ch/en/vote/freeport/



SUMMARYPrecious
metals in exchange for death and exploitation: The
Arizona-based mining corporation has operated the Grasberg
Mine, the world’s largest gold and copper mine in West
Papua
, for 45 years without regard for nature and people. The
mine produces 230,000 tons of tailings contaminated with
heavy metals every day, resulting in a blanket of
copper-laden waste covering over 200 square kilometers (90
square miles) and up to 15 meters (50 feet) deep that kills
everything in its path and threatens a World Heritage site.
In a large strike at the end of 2011, two strikers were shot
dead by the police and union members received death threats.
Switzerland is the fifth-largest trading center for
Freeport’s precious metals (after the U.S., Japan,
Indonesia
and Spain).



ABOUT FREEPORT
MCMORANHeadquarters: Arizona,
USA

Industry: mining

Revenue / Profit: USD 19 billion / USD 4.3 billion
(2010)
Owned by: publicly-listed corporation

Employees: 29,700

CEO: Richard C. Adkerson

Website: www.fcx.com


IRRESPONSIBLE CORPORATE BEHAVIORFreeport McMoRan has been exploiting West Papua for
four decades. Thanks to 1967 deal with then-dictator Suharto
, the corporation has been able to brazenly help itself to
the vast gold and copper reserves of West Papua . As a
result, Freeport contaminates the environment, drives the
indigenous population into slums, and ruins their religious
and cultural sites. They have removed a mountaintop
considered sacred by local indigenous people to create
the world’s largest copper and gold mine. The
activities of Freeport lead to social disintegration and the
creation of ghettos. This form of economic colonization
inhibits the development of society, drives people to
prostitution, and promotes the sharp rise in HIV infections
in the West Papuan population.




CONSEQUENCESThe mine
produces 230,000 tons of tailings contaminated with heavy
metals every day, resulting in a blanket of cement-like
waste covering over 200 sqaure milesand up to 15 meters (50
feet) deep that kills everything in its path. The Lorentz
National Park, a World Heritage site, is increasingly
threatened by Freeport’s toxic waste. The displaced
population lives in slum-like conditions: In the mining town
of Timika, more than half the population lives below the
poverty line. Crime, prostitution and HIV infections are
steadily rising. The corruption of military and police adds
oil to the fire in West Papua’s already unstable political
climate. The potential for conflict surges, with repeated
riots, injuries and deaths. More than 160 people have been
fatally shot by the military in the surroundings of
Freeport’s Grasberg Mine.



CURRENT STATUS AND DEMANDS ON THE
COMPANYThousands of underpaid mine
workers went on strike at the end of 2011, temporarily
paralyzing the mine. In light of Freeport’s catastrophic
practices, the company’s financial partners must distance
themselves from Freeport; the Norwegian Government Pension
Fund has already taken this step. The Indonesia Human Rights
Committee claims Freeport cannot operate the Grasberg Mine
without committing human rights violations and irreversible
environmental destruction, and therefore calls for the
closure of the mine.



FURTHER INFORMATIONThe
Indonesian Human Rights Committee:


www.indonesiahumanrights.org.nz



Occupy Phoenix against Freeport:


www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJxy2GvOHE



Asian Times on the 2011 strike:


www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK02Ae01.html

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund’s Disinvestment
from Freeport:


www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fin/press-center/Press-releases/20
06/Two-companies---Wal-Mart-and-Freeport---.html?id=104396


Report by the NGO Etan:

tan.org/news/2008/09freeport.htm



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