I posted this in "Canada and Murder of Environmentalists under Liberal and Conservative Governments" thread in the Environmental Justice section, but I feel the discussion needs its own thread concerning the actions of Canadian companies operating largely with impunity internationally, especially in poorer countries.
Barrick Gold, which is headquartered in Toronto and was until 2019 the largest gold mining company in the world, "generated significant controversy around the world, including allegations of mass rape and other violent abuses, hundreds of murders, forcible eviction and mass arson. Barrick and certain of its executives have been charged at various times and in various jurisdictions with bribery, conspiracy, forgery, money-laundering, tax-evasion, and incalculable environmental damage." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrick_Gold)
In Papua New Guinea Barrick Gold security guards have been involve d in mass rape.
A group photo of Porgera community women and men who say they were raped or violently abused at the gold mine owned by Barrick Gold Corporation. (https://ramumine.wordpress.com/tag/women/page/2/)
At least 130 women were raped by security guards at Barrick Gold Corporation’s open pit mine in Porgera, Papua New Guinea. Some say the compensation they received was inadequate. ...
As of September 2010, Barrick employed a private security force of 443 guards — 279 from Porgera, 153 from around Papua New Guinea, and 11 supervisors from outside the country —to detain trespassers and hand them over to police, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
After first ignoring their stories, the company finally acknowledged the problem in 2010 and in 2012 it created a process to compensate the women for the abuse they suffered. In return, the women signed waivers promising not to sue the company in any court in the world.
These rapes are undisputed by the mining company. The only matter in dispute is whether the women received justice. And a new joint report by the human rights clinics at the Harvard and Columbia law schools says they did not. ...
One of the report's authors, Sarah Knuckey, who presented her findings in front of the United Nations this week, says while Barrick Gold created an "innovative remedy approach" in 2012 — one of the first company-created mechanisms like it in the world — the process has still resulted in a deep feeling of unfairness among the women who went through it.
Earlier this year, 11 women who were raped by the company's guards but did not sign away their rights, received 10 times as much compensation from the company because they had attorneys advocate on their behalf, according to the report released Thursday.
"In July 2015, Barrick offered each of the 120 women an additional payment, but taken together, the initial packages and additional payment remain significantly less than the international settlement [that the 11 women received]," the report states.
The company's mechanism had "specific positive features that other companies should look to as guidance," the report says, but it "falls short" and "is not a model that other corporations should replicate wholesale."
"The women, if you ask them now, are you happy with the remedy that you received, many of them will say something like, this remedy is like a mother giving a crying child a small snack," says Knuckey. "They feel insulted, and embarrassed and in some ways quite ashamed about the remedy they got."