We acknowledge we need to do more to be better partners with Indigenous peoples globally. We need to find ways to maximise the positive impacts of our operations while also preserving the culture, identity and language of the communities where we work.
We seek to operate in a manner consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and we strive to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples as defined in the IFC Performance Standard 7.
The Western Cape Communities Co-Existence Agreement (WCCCA) 20th Anniversary was celebrated on 15th June 2021 between Local Traditional Owners and Rio Tinto. The WCCCA agreement was one of the first Indigenous Land Use Agreements between a mining company and Traditional Owners in Australia and set a precedent for Rio Tinto and the industry.
We acknowledge calls for further action on increased opportunities for Indigenous businesses. We are working to improve our approach to Indigenous business development at our operations around the world.
In Australia, for example, we increased our spend with Indigenous suppliers by almost 40% from 2020, to A$400 million in 2021.
At many of our operations, we work with Indigenous consultants and chambers of commerce to offer training to businesses in areas such as business resilience and making competitive bids. In Canada, for example, we offer training conducted by Indigenous consultants to help local businesses improve their bidding capabilities.
Indigenous procurement strategies
Find out more about our local strategies:
Clontarf Foundation, Australia
North America’s first Indigenous-owned and operated railroad
Tribal monitoring programme, US
Centre d’Affaires Régional Anosy (CARA), Madagascar