Rio Tinto first listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1962, and today more than 200,000 people count themselves as shareholders of Rio Tinto Limited. Australia is home to around half of our global assets. We produce iron ore, coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, uranium, diamonds and salt from more than 30 operating sites and processing plants around the country. We also have offices in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. We are committed to building sustainable and economically resilient communities and devote significant resources towards achieving this every year.
Respect for the environment is central to our approach to sustainable development. Wherever possible we prevent – or otherwise minimise, mitigate and remediate – harmful effects of our activities on the environment. We have developed a number of practical programmes for environmental management, which include input from our local communities, as well as from experts in these fields.
In Australia, where a lot of the country has suffered drought for the past decade, we keenly focus on water management. Our water strategy tackles water-related business risks and encourages long-term thinking about water’s social, environmental and economic impacts.
In line with our air quality strategy and our air quality control standard, we constantly review our emissions, look for ways to improve our performance and apply controls to minimise related health or environmental impacts.
Protecting biodiversity is a key priority wherever we operate. We do everything we can to support the variety of life on earth, including animals, plants and micro-organisms, their genes and their ecosystems.
Good community relations are as necessary for our business success as the effective management of our operations. This belief is at the heart of our overall approach to communities work and is why we aim to build good quality relationships with the people who live in the areas where we operate.
With such a large presence in Australia, our work with local and Aboriginal communities, in particular, plays a central role in our business.
We support ongoing regional development in the communities in which we work, employing locals, engaging local suppliers and creating commercial infrastructure that lives on after we’ve finished mining. In particular, we work with local communities in planning our operations to ensure we protect their cultural heritage, and that the social and economic benefits of our mining activities flow through to future generations.