Glencore reveals record fatalities

Commodities group Glencore released its first sustainability report yesterday, showing it paid $780,000 in major environmental fines last year and had 18 fatalities. This compares with three deaths for Rio, five at BHP Billiton and 26 at India-focused Vedanta Resources during its 2010-2011 financial year to the end of March. The 106-page report said the company incurred four major environmental fines each worth more than $10,000, relating to encroachment on protected land at unidentified locations and for emissions, water discharge and tailings disposal in Kazakhstan.