Rio Tinto tries to be a good neighbour

John Roskam

‘Wherever the Group operates, good relations with its neighbours are fundamental to long-term success.’ So states The Way We Work, Rio Tinto’s Statement of Business Practice. As one of the world’s largest mining companies, with around 60 operations in more than 20 countries, Rio Tinto recognizes that to continue to operate successfully it must be accepted as a company with expertise and integrity, both globally and by its immediate neighbours.

‘Knowing that each local community is different,’ The Way We Work continues, ‘the policy of Rio Tinto is that every operation shall strive to understand and interact constructively with its local communities and assist their development in ways which apply the following principles: Mutual Respect, Active Partnership, Long-term Commitment.’

Locally determined programmes

At the local level, corporate support is usually focused directly on the needs of the communities around mine sites or operations. This tends to mean that a significant portion of funds are spent on health and education activities. The company also seeks to provide funding for projects that continue beyond the life of the mine.

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