SOAS University of London

Looking for accountability: The impacts of multinational mining companies in a globalized world

Andrew Hickman & Richard Solly and other experts from London Mining Network

Date: 9 March 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 9 March 2016Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

Getting accountability for the impacts of the multinational mining industry in a globalized world is important, especially given the extractive industry's often predominant role within local economies and societies. The panel presentation will focus mainly on looking at the extractive industries and their impacts on communities' livelihoods and the environment. The discussion will focus on case studies in Indonesia and other regions. In particular, we shall look at UK-listed mining, oil & gas companies who are operating in these areas, including UK investment in coal and gas in Indonesia which is playing an important role in developing the fossil fuel industry there.  The London Mining Network aims to highlight the links between UK based mining companies and investment and expose the real impacts on local livelihoods and the environment, as well as questioning the benefits claimed for these developments. Accountability for the impacts of these mining operations is difficult to achieve, so we hope to focus discussion on some of the different ways of achieving this, especially keeping in mind the communities affected by these extractive industries.

Andrew Hickman has been a Board member of the London Mining Network since its launch in 2007.  Since 1992 he has worked on various human rights, social and environmental issues working for Amnesty International on Latin America and the Caribbean and most recently from 2005 to 2015 for Down to Earth, the international campaign for ecological justice in Indonesia.  He researches and campaigns on extractive issues in Indonesia, in particular focusing on the coal mining and gas sectors.  Recently, this work has involved researching and campaigning on companies such as BHP Billiton, Bumi plc and BP, as well as the wider links between UK investment and climate justice issues in Indonesia.  Between 2002 and 2004, Andrew was a volunteer for Peace Brigades International, accompanying civil society activists in the conflict areas of Aceh and West Papua.  Andrew is also on the Board of TAPOL, a UK based NGO that campaigns for human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia.

Richard Solly is the coordinator of the London Mining Network, an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups.  Richard started working with Indigenous Peoples in the USA in 1983. In 1989 he began working on resource extraction issues and Native land rights in Alberta in Canada. In 1991 he became part of the London-based Minewatch Collective, which eventually gave rise to the Mines and Communities network in 2001. Its purpose was to share information on mining companies with the communities affected by their operations. Richard visited communities affected by the Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia, in which London-listed companies are involved, and since then he has worked with Colombia Solidarity Campaign (one of the member groups of London Mining Network) to offer support to those communities. In 2006 Richard was involved with a number of London-based groups which came together to seek ways of increasing pressure on London-funded mining companies to improve their conduct around the world, and decided to establish London Mining Network, which was launched in April 2007.

The seminar will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in room G3 Main Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. All seminars are free to attend and require no registration. Do come along!