About Rio Tinto

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals group that focuses on finding, mining, processing and marketing the Earth’s mineral resources. Our goal is to deliver strong and sustainable shareholder returns from our portfolio of world-class assets and our compelling pipeline of projects. We take a long-term, disciplined approach, developing and running long-life, low-cost, expandable operations that are capable of delivering value throughout the cycle.

Global footprint

Supporting our world-class assets is a company of world-class people who are the foundation of our success. This 55,000-strong workforce, across more than 40 countries, pulls together as a powerful team committed to getting the best out of our operations. Their safety is always our first concern. We also foster a culture of innovation, where our people are proud to achieve and are always learning.

With headquarters in the UK, our Group comprises Rio Tinto plc – a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited – which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. We are strongly represented in Australia and North America, and also have significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

This global presence, and our expertise in technology and marketing, enables us to supply the right product, at the right quality, at the right time.

Our businesses include open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries, smelters and power stations – including a significant hydropower portfolio – as well as a number of research and service facilities. We also own and operate infrastructure that takes our products to our customers, including railways, ports and ships.

Products that make modern life work

From our diverse portfolio, we supply the metals and minerals that help the world to grow.

Our major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide and salt), iron ore, thermal and metallurgical coal and uranium.

Our metals and minerals are transformed into end-products that contribute to higher living standards and economic development. We are present at every point in the development cycle, from the iron ore that builds the fundamental infrastructure of our cities, to the copper and borates in the smartphones that keep us connected.

Construction, communication, recreation, transport, healthcare and renewable energy: all these industries, and many more, rely on the supply of metals and minerals we produce.

Under our Group-wide organisational structure, our four product groups – Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Iron Ore – are complemented by our Growth & Innovation group.

Sustainable development

For more than 140 years, we have been unlocking the wealth held in the Earth’s mineral resources, generating value for our shareholders in the process, in line with our strategy. The nature of our business means that our operations often last for many decades. Some of our mines have already been in operation and generating value for more than a century.

Our vision is to be a company that is admired and respected for delivering superior value, as the industry’s most trusted partner. Our operations give us the opportunity to create mutual benefit with the communities, regions and countries in which we work, and our metals and minerals are transformed into end products that contribute to higher living standards.

We are always looking for new answers to the complex global and local challenges we face, which include resource scarcity, climate change, community employment and regional economic development. We see these challenges as opportunities to advance our reputation and create value for our business, our shareholders and the people we are proud to work alongside. To achieve our sustainable development goals, we work hand-in-hand with our partners and communities on the ground, where it matters most.

The foundation is The way we work, our global code of business conduct. It contains the principles and standards of conduct which reaffirm our commitment to sustainable development, and operational excellence at our sites.

Underpinning everything we do are our values: respect, integrity, teamwork and accountability. They are fundamental to the way we operate and engage with those around us, and form the foundation of a long-term, reliable business that generates sustainable returns for shareholders.

Find out more about our commitment to sustainable development.