The Colombian association accuses Glencore of illegal or irregular activities in the La Jagua and Calenturitas mines with "coal dust that for years has not met the standards set by the WHO" and contamination "of water sources, both surface and ground, by materials such as lead and other toxic substances". according to the formal notices sent Tuesday to the establishments.

"To carry out its activity, Glencore benefits from a lot of financing and investments from international financial institutions," continues Tierra Digna, adding that NGO reports "have highlighted the involvement (of the three French banks) in these climate-friendly financial flows".

Since 2017, the French law on "the duty of vigilance" requires large companies to take effective measures to prevent human rights and environmental abuses throughout their business chain.

Since the first action launched in 2019, against TotalEnergies, their number has multiplied and about twenty procedures are now underway.

In October, BNP Paribas was the target of two due diligence notices in October, for its financial support for Marfrig, Brazil's second largest meatpacking company, and its impact on deforestation, and for its support for companies developing new oil and gas projects.

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