Rio Tinto CEO leaves company after destroying sacred sites


The company said on Friday that Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques would leave the Anglo-Australian mining sector in March.

“Key stakeholders have expressed concern about executive accountability for the identified failures,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.

The statement said that by mutual agreement, Jacques would step down as a replacement or after being appointed on 31 March.

Executives Chris Kris and Simone Niven will leave the company on December 31.

Rio Tinto announced last month that it would lose $ 3.5 million in jacks bonuses and about $ 700,000 in Salisbury and Niven, more than the destruction in May at two rock shelters in the state of Western Australia, Juannan George.

Rio Tinto concluded in an internal review last month that “there was no single root cause or error that directly resulted in rock shelters being destroyed.”

But internal documents revealed last week that Rio Tinto had engaged a law firm in the case of the traditional owners, Putu Kunti Kurama and the people of Pinikura, to apply for injunction in court to save Rock Shelter.

The Western Australian government has promised to update Indigenous heritage laws that allow Rio Tinto to legally destroy sacred sites.

National Native Title Council chief executive Jamie Lowe, who represents Australia’s traditional owners of land, said he called on Rio Tinto to take more action than to cut executive bonuses.

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Lowe welcomed the decision to replace the three officers.

Referring to the mining companies, Lowe said, “They need to show that they are conscious of tribal cultural heritage and its protection.”

The traditional owners of Rock Tantars had no comment to make changes to Rio Tinto’s leadership, Putu Kunti Kurama and Pinikura Tribal Corp said.

“We will continue to work with Rio Tinto in the aftermath of the Juan Gorge disaster. The corporation said in a statement, “Our focus continues to advocate widespread change to preserve tribal heritage and ensure such tragedy.”

“We will never allow such a catastrophe to happen again or not,” the statement said.