13 November 2013

Audit of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia Shows Failure to Adequately Protect Herders and the Environment

Today, Accountability Counsel, OT Watch, and an international coalition of advocacy organizations delivered a review of Rio Tinto’s recently published audit and Operational Management Plans to the World Bank Board.  The audit revealed that Rio Tinto has failed to fully address nearly 90% of non-compliance issues that, according to the auditors, are “reasonably likely” to cause negative impacts, material damage or even irreversible harm to sensitive resources.  The assessment of audit findings critique of the management plans is aimed at informing the Board members prior to their November 19 technical briefing on the Oyu Tolgoi project.  To learn more about the project, please see our Mongolia case page.