Mining giant BHP is due to avoid curbs on work that could disturb cultural heritage sites despite the Aboriginal cave disaster suffered by its rival Rio Tinto.
Shareholders behind an AGM resolution to strengthen heritage protections while Australian laws there are reviewed are braced for defeat amid opposition from the BHP board and leading voting advisers.
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) has secured a vote at BHP’s annual general meeting on Oct 15.
Its resolution would also underpin whistleblower safeguards for indigenous Australians speaking out on heritage concerns. The ACCR and its backers, who own about 0.01pc of BHP, argue the rules are needed to “manage immediate risks to cultural heritage and shareholder value”.
That follows Rio Tinto blowing up 46,000-year-old Aboriginal caves at Juukan George in Western Australia to reach iron ore.
The act triggered an outcry which forced Jean-Sebastien Jacques, chief executive and other executives to resign last month.
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