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Foreign miners take note

Most companies pay keen attention, and devote substantial resources, to ensuring they conduct their operations in compliance with local laws and particularly legislation relating to the working conditions of their employees. However, companies may pay less attention to the treatment of workers employed by foreign firms with which they have corporate or contractual relationships.

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The case that has been brought against Nevsun in Eritrea is one foreign miners need to be aware of

A recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Canada is a warning to boards and senior management that such inattention might yield serious legal, financial and reputational consequences.