"We believe that Mr Henshaw's diverse global experience will make a significant contribution to Vedanta's strong sustainability practice, working closely with all our stakeholders," the company said in a statement.

Mr Henshaw, who was previously working with Mexican group Cemex SA as vice president (Corporate) Sustainability, has 30 years experience across all sectors. He has been working in the area of sustainable development for over a decade, the statement said.

In August the Indian Environment Ministry rejected Vedanta’s plan for its $1.7bn bauxite mining project at Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa, citing violations of green and tribal norms.

The group maintains it has "...a robust sustainable development framework, encompassing the four elements of Health & Safety, Environmental Stewardship, Nurturing People, and Empowering Communities."