Rio Tinto blew up a sacred site in Australia. The CEO left but still got a huge payout

Jean-Sébastien Jacques received £13.3 million ($18.6 million) in pay and long-term incentive rewards in 2020, compared to £7.1 million ($9.9 million) the previous year, according to the company’s annual report, which was published on Monday. Jacques was forced to depart under pressure from investors last September in the wake of the mining giant’s demolition of the Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia. The company destroyed the 46,000-year-old Indigenous site last May to expand an iron ore mine. The local custodians of the land, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, had been fighting for seven years to protect the caves.

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