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ERIC Number: EJ783444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Mining Company Involved in Environmental Disaster Now Advises Sustainability Institute at University of Michigan
Blumenstyk, Goldie
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n15 pA22 Dec 2007
In the 1990s, the giant mining company now known as BHP Billiton drew worldwide condemnation for the environmental damage caused by its copper and gold mine in Papua, New Guinea. Its mining practices destroyed the way of life of thousands of farming and fishing families who lived along and subsisted on the rivers polluted by the mine, and it was only after being sued in a landmark class-action case that the company agreed to compensate them. Today several activists and academics who work on behalf of indigenous people around the world say the company continues to dodge responsibility for the problems its mines create for communities in undeveloped parts of the world. Yet at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BHP Billiton enjoys a loftier reputation: It is one of 14 corporate members of an External Advisory Board for the university's new Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. This article reports on how the University of Michigan's decision to enlist BHP Billiton as an adviser to the university's Sustainability Institute has prompted accusations of "greenwashing."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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