At the head of Rio Tinto, Jean-Sebastian Jacques officially resigns amid the scandal that erupted around the aboriginal caves in Australia. This company is one of the most famous mining companies in the world.
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In order to expand the production of iron ore, the management of Rio Tinto decided in March 2020 to destroy the ancient caves in the Juukan Gorge. Historians consider them to be evidence of aboriginal residence on the continent about 46 thousand years ago, when the Earth was at the stage of the last ice age. Against the background of the destruction of objects in society, a resonance arose. Simon Thompson, who heads the board of directors of the enterprise, commented on the situation, believing that the incident was unacceptable. He promised to make an effort so that this never happened again during the work of Rio Tinto.
He also pointed out that the decision to leave Jacques is the result of “general agreement.” The search for a successor is currently underway, he will be appointed until March 2021, and until then the current head will continue to fulfill his duties. In addition, a number of top managers will leave Rio Tinto.