Fr Séamus Finn, OMI Among Roundtable Experts at the 2020 Global Mining and Tailings Safety Summit, London, England
February 3rd, 2020
On January 24, 2019 the Brumadinho tailings dam disaster occurred at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, killing 270 people. The dam was owned by Vale, the same company involved in a 2015 dam disaster in the Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil. (A tailings dam is an earth-fill embankment dam used to store byproducts of mining operations).
On the first anniversary of the Brumadinho tailings dam disaster a Global Mining and Tailings Safety Summit was held on Friday, January 24 in Church House, Westminster, London, England.
Convened by the Church of England Pensions Board and the Council of Ethics for the Swedish National Pension Funds, participants included investors, banks and insurers working to take decisive action on tailings safety across the mining sector. Ahead of the Summit a Service of Remembrance was held in the Church House Chapel led by the Bishop of Birmingham, Rt Revd David Urquhart.
The Investor Mining & Tailings Safety Initiative is an investor-led engagement convening institutional investors active in extractive industries including major asset owners and asset managers. Inputs into the investor process have been sought from communities impacted by the recent disaster, leading international experts, government representatives, leading international technical advisors as well as company representatives.