Barrick Gold funds World Vision Canada “development” Projects
April 1, 2007
RA re-circulates this Barrick Gold press release to open more critical debate concerning the multiple environmental and development harms, and human rights violations, caused by North American mining companies in many countries of the exploited global south.
BIG BUSINESS IS NOT “DEVELOPMENT”
By receiving money from a major global mining company, World Vision Canada legitimizes a global private business model of “development”. Apparently, World Vision Canada ignores the multiple environmental and development harms and human rights violations caused by numerous global mining companies.
This partnership between Barrick Gold and World Vision Canada perpetuates a rich world/ poor world ‘charity’ vision of “development”. I.e., do not question why there are rich and poor nations, rich and poor people, rich companies and investors based [mainly] in the rich countries … rather small amounts of money to the poor.
This mining company / “development” NGO partnership also legitimizes the notion of “corporate social responsibility” whereby global mining companies operate effectively outside of the rule of law, self-regulate their mining according to non-binding codes of conduct, … and cannot be held accountable for environmental and development harms and human rights violations caused
numerous mining operations.
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03/21/2007: Press Release from Barrick Gold Corporation
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