Rio Tinto first major corporate investor in strategic partnership to strengthen ties between Western Australia, Indo-Pacific and US

10 June 2015

Rio Tinto first major corporate investor in strategic partnership to strengthen ties between Western Australia, Indo-Pacific and US

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Rio Tinto and the international policy think tank Perth USAsia Centre have announced their $1 million partnership in Perth to support the Centre’s core policy development, research, education and network-building programmes. 

Rio Tinto’s chief executive – Iron Ore, China, Korea and Japan Andrew Harding said the company was pleased to be the first major corporate investor in the Centre’s core programmes, which will promote and build upon our important relationships in North America, Asia and Australia.

“This partnership will foster the already strong connections and future opportunities for our business in these critical regions, including academic and policy programmes to increase industry participation, technology development and strategic community and stakeholder engagement.

“Whilst positive and enduring relationships underpin our operations in Western Australia, we also need to look beyond our horizons for alliances that can add value to our business in the future.  This partnership will open up new ideas and provoke dialogue with stakeholders on key policy issues through forums locally and abroad,” Mr Harding said.

Rio Tinto’s contribution to the Centre will be $250,000 per annum for the next four years and forms a key part of the company’s leadership credentials.

Paul Johnson, vice chancellor of The University of Western Australia and Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake announced the partnership which makes Rio Tinto the Centre’s foundation corporate partner.

In addition to this new relationship, Rio Tinto also supports other key initiatives out of The University of Western Australia including, The Perth International Arts Festival and the Rio Tinto Education Partnerships and principal partner of In the Zone

Note to editors
The Perth USAsia Centre was publicly launched by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The University of Western Australia in November 2012 and legally established as an institution in June 2013. Gordon Flake joined the Centre in January 2014 as founding CEO after 23 years in the public policy and foreign relations community in Washington, DC. To find out more about the Perth USAsia Centre, visit:
http://perthusasia.edu.au/

Rio Tinto Education Partnerships support institutions that are important to the industries and communities in which we operate. Our global partners include UWA, University of Queensland, and Imperial College London.  Rio Tinto-supported research initiatives have led to new advances in technology and understanding. Our education programmes increase the skills of the next generation of graduates and employees. And our work to develop the educational curriculum and build leadership fosters academic excellence worldwide.  For more information visit: education partnership with UWA