About Rio Tinto

About Rio Tinto

“As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.”


We operate with pioneering spirit

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. We’ve led the industry in partnerships, with customers in new markets, and with local communities. We’ve pioneered technological innovations, such as our Mine of the Future™ programme and our low-CO2 aluminium from hydropower. And we’ve paved the way in areas such as safety, tax transparency and legacy management.

Yet, it’s not just about our past.

We continue to pioneer progress for a better future. Through research and innovation, we’re helping meet the needs of society in a growing and changing world. What we do brings benefits for our people, the communities in which we operate, and beyond.

We produce essential materials responsibly

Our materials are essential to making modern life work. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home. Our activities help economies grow and communities prosper.

Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: from microscopic circuit board components to the hull of a supertanker, our materials make up the world around us. We own and operate open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries, smelters and power stations, research and service facilities, to produce them, and use our railways, ports and ships to deliver them to our customers.

And all underpinned by an absolute commitment to safety – for our people, contractors, and the communities in which we operate – and to minimising our environmental impact.

We partner for human progress

The strength of our partnerships – with our people, the communities we work with, the countries where we operate, our customers and suppliers – is what makes human progress possible.

We partner with auto industry leaders in developing alloys that are enabling a new generation of lighter, fuel-efficient vehicles. We partner with peers in organisations like the International Council on Mining & Metals to seek better ways to operate. And we work with NGOs worldwide to address some of mankind’s most fundamental challenges: how to grow more food, make better use of water, extend access to healthcare, and reconcile enhanced living standards while minimising impact on the planet.

We also partner with the communities in which we operate, sharing the wealth and benefits of what we do with local people, through employment, skills and education, and local economic development initiatives that aim to build self-sustaining communities long after we’re gone.