What makes our copper blush?
Being honoured as the world’s first responsibly produced
We think copper is cool for so many reasons: it is tough but malleable, 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant and its antimicrobial properties can even help keep us safe.
In 2020, our Kennecott copper mine in Utah, US, and Oyu Tolgoi, in Mongolia, became the world's first producers to be awarded the Copper Mark – the industry’s independent assurance programme – verifying the copper is responsibly produced.
It has been independently verified as responsibly produced.
Kennecott and Oyu Tolgoi's copper has been assessed against 32 criteria – based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – across environment, social and governance categories. These include health and safety, emissions, human rights and community development.
It helps support our customers’ sustainability goals.
With a Copper Mark, our customers can be assured our copper meets the highest environmental and social standards – including a transparent and responsible supply chain.
About Copper Mark
The Copper Mark is the first and only programme for responsible production in the copper industry. Originally developed by the International Copper Association with input from a broad range of stakeholders including customers, NGOs and producers, the Copper Mark is now an independent entity with a multi-stakeholder council.
And, in case you needed another reason to love our copper:
Like all the materials we produce, our copper is essential for the future. Copper is the best non-precious conductor of heat and electricity on the planet. Because it can help things work more efficiently, copper will play an important part in the transition to a low-carbon economy. For example, a single 1MW wind turbine uses three tonnes of copper. And electric vehicles have a copper intensity 3-4 times higher than traditional vehicles.
homes wireable with its copper recycled in 2018