Our response to Rio Tinto’s destruction of cultural site
19 Jun 2020
As an investor in Rio Tinto, we’re saddened to hear that the cultural site in Juukan Gorge has been destroyed.
Rio Tinto works closely with archaeologists and local indigenous groups to document and preserve many sites that may be impacted by their mining operations, and it’s our expectation that Rio Tinto have consent from the Traditional Owners prior to proceeding with mining.
We‘ve met with Rio Tinto and have emphasised the importance of protecting culturally significant sites (and how this is assessed, controlled and monitored). We will continue to meet, both directly and through collaborative engagements with the company to better understand what happened in this particular case. We’ll await the findings of a company investigation into this event, which will be done with the local Traditional Owners.
We expect that Rio Tinto takes matters of cultural significance and social values seriously. We also expect appropriate accountability to be taken for any failures identified in the review.