Are you passionate about British companies taking responsibility for their actions?
Join ActionAid in London from 2-3pm on Wednesday 27th July outside the AGM of Vedanta Resources plc, a British-listed mining company. This is an urgent action to stop a mine being built, affecting the lives of thousands of tribal people and a unique ecosystem in India.
ActionAid has been campaigning here in the UK for several years in solidarity with the Kondh tribal people in the state of Orissa in India. In August 2010 we had a major breakthrough. The Government of India said that Vedanta should not have been given permission to mine and that the processing plant had been expanded illegally. This was a huge success!
However, Vedanta Resources are still pushing to build an their open-pit mine in the pristine Niyamgiri Hills.
Why target the AGM?
The AGM has been a big moment each year. In February 2010, two key investors, The Church of England and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, withdrew their investments from the company on ethical grounds. This sends a powerful message to Vedanta’s other shareholders about the risks of investing in a company with such a poor human rights and environmental record.
Shareholders have another chance this year to refuse to allow their money to be used in this way.
Join us; 2pm Wednesday 27th July 2011 outside Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London.