Think globally, act locally
As an international company with operations worldwide, we work with many different governments. While we tailor our approach to comply with each country's laws and regulations, we are consistent in prioritising local employment and suppliers where possible.
Many of our operations have been connected to families for generations. At the Iron Ore Company of Canada, for instance, some of our current employees are following in their parents' and grandparents' footsteps. In Namibia, our Rössing uranium mine has been employing local people for 40 years. Some workers have been with us from the beginning, others are second-generation Rio Tinto employees.
While more than 60 per cent of Australia's mining operations border Indigenous communities, Indigenous people make up only six per cent of the country's mining workforce. As one of the largest private sector employer of Indigenous Australians, we have the capacity to make a positive impact. Steps we are taking include:
- The Amrun Local and Indigenous Participation Strategy outlines our approach to encouraging a local, Indigenous supply chain and offering work and development opportunities to community members
The Western Cape College Partnership focuses on building capacity in the local populations, developing school-to-work pathways and providing quality local education
The Gulkula Regional Training Centre in the Northern Territory offers on-the-job learning opportunities at the adjacent (Aboriginal-owned) Gulkula bauxite mine
Partnerships are central to the way we share the value created at the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia. We spent six years negotiating the investment agreement that sets out expectations on issues such as local employment and regional development.