Jacqueline Young, head of Group litigation says that:
“Far from our ‘investment not being public’, Augusta is proud to be supporting the litigation brought by the women and children of Kabwe.”
“Kabwe in Zambia is a community of approximately 250,000 people, which has been horrifically impacted as a result of nearly a decade of metal mining and smelting. Kabwe has been left with extreme levels of lead pollution which has harmed generations of children.”
“The class action issued in South Africa against Anglo America South Africa Ltd seeks not only compensation for these poisoned children and women, but also the introduction of a blood lead level screening system for children and pregnant women. A cleanup and remediation of the area will ensure the future health and prosperity of the Kabwe community. It is also hoped that supporting cases such as Kabwe sends a clear message in respect of corporate social responsibility. The interests of big business can no longer be pursued with scant regard for the human rights and well-being of people and/or communities in different parts of the world. The Kabwe case is a significant one in the fight for corporate accountability in respect of human rights.”
“Augusta has a strong tradition of supporting collective redress litigation with ESG values at the core. We have supported litigation that has challenged sexism in the workplace, sought accountability for corporate environmental pollution, fought for consumer protection and most importantly given a voice to communities in developing countries that have suffered significant loss and damage as a result of failed corporate social responsibility. Without litigation funding, these important (and often land-mark cases) simply could not be brought and so access to justice and reform would not be possible.”
For media enquiries regarding this case, please contact Jacqueline Young.