Brumadinho dam: NGOs urge companies and investors to use leverage and require Vale to remedy the situation

Today, 86 organisations addressed a letter to companies and investors of the mining and steel industry following the rupture of the Brumadinho tailings dam, on January 25. The letter urges the companies to exercise their due diligence regarding the situation in Brazil and to require Vale S.A. to adequately repair the victims of these events and provide guarantees of non-repetition.

The organisations alert about the negligence of Vale despite the warnings given by human rights defenders and State authorities about the risks and irregularities concerning the dam. Vale S.A currently has 168 dams throughout the Brazilian territory, among which 1 out of 3 present a high "potential associated damage" equivalent to the Mariana and Bumadinho dams, according to information from the National Water Agency of Brazil. Concrete actions must be urgently taken to remedy the situation.

The responsibility to take actions relies not only on Vale S.A. but also on their business partners and actors in the supply chain. As such, they must exercise their leverage to prevent further damage and ensure integral, prompt and effective redress.

Two versions of the letter to business partners and actors in the supply chain were made public:

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  • Co-signatories

    11.11.11 - Coalition of the Flemish North-South Movement in Belgium

    Accion Ecologica


    Ask! Swiss Working Group on Colombia

    Articulação Internacional dos Atingidos pela Vale

    Asociación Comisión Paz y Ecología (COPAE)

    BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany

    Casa do Brasil

    CATAPA vzw

    CCFD-Terre Solidaire

    Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

    Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

    Centro de Ecología y Pueblos Andinos (CEPA)

    Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR)

    CNCD-11.11.11 (Centre national de coopération au développement)

    Comisión Diocesana de Defensa de la Naturaleza (CODIDENA)

    Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida


    Confederación Campesina del Perú

    ContraMINAcción, Rede contra a Minaría Destrutiva na Galiza

    CORE Coalition

    Cospe Onlus


    Democracy Center

    DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights

    Dreikönigsaktion Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar

    Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF)

    ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    Ethical Shareholders Germany

    Facing Finance

    FIAN Germany

    Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho (FESPAD)

    Fundación Simiente

    Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker e. V.

    Global Legal Action Network


    Human Rights International Corner (HRIC)


    Informationsstelle Peru

    Instituto de Estudios de las Culturas Andinas - Perú (IDECA-PERÚ)

    International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

    Justiça Global

    Justiça not Trilhos

    Latvian Human Rights Committee

    Ligue des Droits Humains, Belgium

    London Mining Network

    Mesa Nacional frente a la Minería Metálica, El Salvador

    Mining Justice Action Committee


    Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB)

    Movimento Nacional de Dereitos Humanos (MNDH)

    Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero (M4)

    MultiWatch Switzerland

    Narasha Community Development Group

    NeSoVe / Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung


    Nostromo Research

    Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL)

    OECD Watch

    Otros Mundos

    Paix-Caritas Canada

    Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

    Pax Christi International

    Peru-Partnerschaftsgruppe Bruchsal Michaelsberg

    Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático

    Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS)

    PowerShift e.V.

    Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER)

    Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales

    Red Regional Agua,Desarrollo y Democracia

    Research and Documentation Chile-Latin America (FDCL)

    Rettet den Regenwald e.V.

    Save Our Sky Blue Waters

    Société pour les peuples menacés




    The Jus Semper Global Alliance

    The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People(MOSOP)


    urgewald eV


    We Women Sri Lanka

    Werkstatt Ökonomie

    World Economy, Ecology & Development

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