Rio Tinto: The Mining Giant Pollutes Indonesia's Environment

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Case Code : BECG030 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400 ;
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Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub. Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Rio Tinto
Industry : Mining
Countries : USA


The case discusses the controversies regarding environmental abuses in Indonesia caused by Rio Tinto, the world's largest mining company. It provides information about Rio Tinto's mining operations at the Kelian Gold mine, Grasberg Gold and Copper mine, and East Kutai Gold mine in Indonesia. The nature and extent of environmental pollution and damage to the country's natural resources caused by these mines has been examined in depth. The case not only discusses the efforts taken by the company to repair the damages thus caused but also comments on their inadequacy. Besides briefly describing the nature of the mining industry, the case gives information about various other allegations of unethical business practices raised against Rio Tinto in Indonesia as well as in various other parts of the world.


Understand the nature of the mining business, its impact on the environment, and on the health, safety and livelihood of the indigenous people from the affected areas


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Rio Tinto Under Attack 1
Background Note 2
Indonesia - Paying for Rio Tinto's Operations 3
Taking Remedial Action 7
Will Rio Tinto Change for the Better? 9
Exhibits 11


Controversies, environmental abuses, Indonesia, Rio Tinto, mining, Kelian Gold mine, Grasberg Gold, Copper mine, East Kutai Gold, Indonesia, pollution, damage, country, natural resources, inadequacy, mining industry

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