Mining Project Highlights Cultural Heritage Risk For Cos.

Law360 (July 9, 2020, 7:09 PM EDT) -- Rio Tinto PLC, the largest iron ore miner in the world with a heretofore strong reputation for respectfully engaging with indigenous groups on cultural heritage issues, legally destroyed important heritage sites more than 46,000 years old in May, drawing global condemnation.

Companies can no longer hide behind domestic laws, federal permits or legal decisions to shield them from community outcry when they adversely impact cultural heritage sites and fail to sufficiently consult with the impacted indigenous people.

Lawyers for U.S. companies should take note and consider how to help clients incorporate cultural heritage impacts and engagement with indigenous people into their...

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