We are taking action to support our employees and communities as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Our aim is to keep our operations running, safely, and we are monitoring the situation closely.
The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has been assessed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic, and it continues to progress rapidly across the world.
Here are some resources you can turn to if you have questions:
- The World Health Organization
- Australia: the Department of Health
- Canada: the Government of Canada
- United States: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
At Rio Tinto, our focus is on the health and safety of our employees and the communities where we operate and on keeping our operations running safely, so we can continue to contribute to local and national economies and serve our customers.
We have taken extensive measures across the business to help protect our people and communities, and have increased these as the pandemic spreads, in line with guidance or directives from governments and advice from international health organisations on best practice.
We have also pledged $25 million to support global grassroots, community COVID-19 preparedness and recovery. This takes our total estimated voluntary global community contributions to around $60 million for 2020.
This is a global issue and we believe everyone has a role to play. We intend to do our part.
Our operational teams are continuing to run their businesses as they provide support to local communities – from manufacturing hand sanitiser, to giving protective equipment to hospitals and funding local response initiatives. Most of our assets continue to operate. However, we have moved to slow down some of our operations in line with action being taken by various governments.
Working with our customers and business continuity
We are continuing to work with our customers to fulfil orders and meet their requirements while complying with government directives, with our commercial teams in our key locations focussing on business continuity and customer support. We are also looking at prioritising supply to customers making equipment to fight COVID-19, including aluminium oxygen tanks or copper used for its antibacterial properties in hospitals.
We have a global, site and regional business resilience teams to keep our operations running safely, enabling commercial supply chain continuity, and to plan for future eventualities under various scenarios. Critical infrastructure at each of our operations has been assessed and there a continuity plan in place.