Supplement | HBS Case Collection | October 2013 (Revised February 2016)

Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American (B)

by Gautam Mukunda, Lisa Mazzanti and Aldo Sesia


In 2007, Cynthia Carroll, the newly-appointed chief executive of mining giant Anglo American, ordered the temporary shutdown of Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg, South Africa mines in response to a spate of deaths at the operations. The case lays out Carroll's requirements of what had to be done before the Rustenburg mines could restart operations, including the implementation of a new safety program for tens of thousands of workers that called on the help of executives from other Anglo American businesses. The shutdown disrupted operations and incurred substantial costs.

Keywords: Safety; Ethics; Mining; Mining Industry; South Africa;


Mukunda, Gautam, Lisa Mazzanti, and Aldo Sesia. "Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 414-020, October 2013. (Revised February 2016.)