Full results will be posted 1st quarter 2020
Mine Collapse Report: October 2019, after heavy rainfall a cooperative partner mine site collapsed killing 21 people and seriously injuring 10. Despite being falsely reported by several news outlets, this mine site had been validated since 2016 and is part of the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) [Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources] program. It is believed that cooperative pit manager overseeing this portion of the open pit site was not ensuring that ore was completely removed. This additional weight on the sides of the pit, combined with heavy rains caused the pit to collapse in on itself. There were no children or pregnant women among the victims of this accident.
This site is managed by the COMILU cooperative which has been in existence since the year 2000. While the Federation has not recently sourced from this site, it has several times in early 2019 and late 2018. This site had been marked for reinspection before any sourcing could be reinitiated. Additional training will be provided to the cooperative, along with support from partner DFP, to reinforce mine site safety protocols.
*DFP= Donor Funded Program