Friday briefing: Rio Tinto CEO quits after cave furore

Top story: Jean-Sébastien Jacques to leave ‘by mutual agreement’ Hello, Warren Murray with news picked for you by these very hands (sanitised of course). The Rio Tinto chief executive, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, and two other senior executives have resigned after intense investor pressure over the mining company having blown up 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia. The Church of England’s pension board, which manages more than £2.8bn ($AU5bn) in retirement savings, was among groups that poured pressure on the board of Rio Tinto to take action against its chief executive over the debacle. The Anglo-Australian mining company said Jacques was leaving “by mutual agreement” with the board, while its iron ore head, Chris Salisbury, and corporate affairs boss, Simone Niven, would also depart. Rio Tinto blew up the rock shelters, which were extremely significant to the area’s traditional owners, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, in May so that it could mine more iron ore and despite knowing for years of their importance. Sacoolas drove on wrong side – Lawyers for Anne Sacoolas have said the American “instinctively” drove on the “wrong side of the road for 20 seconds” before the fatal crash in which Harry Dunn… Read full this story

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