Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal to Rate Miners in Guruma in Pilbara
The Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corp, which represents the Eastern Guruma region in the Pilbara, plans a scorecard to rate miners in Western Australia's iron ore heartland on how well they comply with various environmental, social and governance metrics. WGAC said that it hopes thatthe move would help educate investors and the broader public after the destruction of ancient rock shelters by Rio Tinto last year. WGAC Director Mr Tony Bevan told Reuters "It's not easy for people to hear from the native title holders, so you tend to get just the mining company's view of the world. The scorecard would also provide feedback in a way that could be acted on by miners. "The intent is for it to be a positive and proactive process.”
The scorecard focuses on five areas: heritage surveys, regulatory compliance, caring for the environment, relationships with Native Title Holders and environmental, social and governance reporting.
WGAC will assess miners' performance over the course of a year based on 34 questions, then publish the results and provide feedback.
More than 93% of Eastern Guruma country is covered by mining tenements, making it one of the most heavily explored regions in Australia. Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group are the two biggest miners in the region. Rio operates six mines and three rail lines in the region and Fortescue operates the large Solomon mine and a rail line.