Over at the PWYP International Office, Olympic fever got the better of us and we decided to hold an Olympic themed blog series.
Over these couple of weeks, when a country that is rich in gold, silver or copper won the equivalent medal we posted a blog on the mining of that resource. We also included countries that are home to famous gold, silver and copper companies and blogging about those too.
It’s been a collaborative effort, with blogs coming in not only from all over the world but from a number of different organisations, from Oxfam Australia to Action Aid in the UK to ONE in Brussels. There’s a round-up of the blogs below, but keep an eye out on our blog as we still have plenty of blogs coming in this week on countries including Romania and Kazakhstan.
For reasons of space we’ve only given you the smallest of teasers for each blog, but follow our links to read the whole thing! Also, please retweet and like our blogs – and feel free to make comments!
Australia wins Gold! But can the same be said for Rio Tinto?
PWYP Australia’s Peter Colley gives us an overview of Olympic sponsors – and gold mining company – Rio Tinto…
Canada takes home a Bronze! But should we take out the Copper?
PWYP Canada explores the relationship between First Nations People and mining companies, particularly in the context of the Copper-Gold Prosperity Mine in British Colombia…
Why Chinese mining companies shouldn’t be an excuse to delay transparency
PWYP International discusses why Chinese success in the mining sector shouldn’t be used as an excuse to delay transparency legislation.
Does Rio Tinto top medal table for Transparency?
Following Team GB's gold rush, PWYP International's Joseph Williams has blogged about Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, and their foray into transparency.
If BHP Billiton were competing in the transparency Olympics, would it score bronze?
PWYP Australia's Claire Spoors has blogged on BHP Billiton's copper exploitation at its Olympic dam mine in South Australia.
Swiss giant Glencore’s lack of transparency means no silver lining for Zambia
Following Switzerland's wins Chris Jordan from Action Aid has written about Glencore's Mopani copper mine in Zambia and how secrecy means Zambians are not getting a fair deal for their resources.
Anvil Silver Mine and the search for accountability
PWYP Australia's Liz Barrett has written about the Anvil Silver Mine in DRC and its ruinous impact on the surrounding community.
South Africa: Three Cheers for Gold, not just in South Africa but everywhere
ONE’s Tamira Gunzburg has blogged about South Africa’s gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti and how European Legislation holds the key to unlocking the true potential of minerals.
Opening blog: PWYP Olympic blog series is launched
Have a read about how this all started...