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Sustainability

We work hard to leave a lasting, positive legacy everywhere we work.

$ 6.6B

Taxes & Royalties Paid

$ 42.8B

Direct Economic Contribution

$ 192M

Invested in Communities

1st

Company with ASI-Certified Aluminium

71%

Electricity Used from Renewable Sources

2nd globally

In 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

2018 figures

Our values, experience and history tell us that we must work in a way that delivers real, lasting benefits for the owners of our company as well as the wider communities in which we operate.

We must care for our employees, respect and care for the environment while we operate, and rehabilitate the land when we cease. We must contribute our fair share to local and national economies, including through taxes, and do so transparently. These beliefs are the foundation of our views on sustainability.

Rio Tinto leadership
Jean-Sébastien Jacques
Chief Executive

We produce materials essential to human progress: aluminium for our cars and smartphones; anti-microbial copper for hospitals; borates that help crops grow; responsible diamonds that celebrate enduring love. We believe we can be part of the world's sustainability solution.

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As the expectations of society increase in the 21st century, we know we must do better to explain our contribution and purpose beyond delivering shareholder value. This is one reason why, in 2018, we refreshed our sustainability strategy, developing an integrated approach linked to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. This approach ensures that material sustainability issues are integrated into our business strategy.

As a result, we produced a number of firsts in 2018 – our first climate change strategy in many years and, in parallel, our first report in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). In addition , we produced our first transparency and civil society statements, and our first global parental leave policy.

We discussed our approach and initiatives with investors and civil society groups in the latter half of the year; the response has been largely positive, with some good ideas for improvement shared as well. We look forward to working together with our many partners in the coming months and years to deliver our goals.

At the heart of our sustainability strategy – and our business – are our people and their safety. This year, we remember Francis Lalancette, Muzi Patrick Nhlenyama and Daniel Patterson – our colleagues who went to work last year but did not return home. Like all of us at Rio Tinto, I am deeply saddened by their tragic deaths and the irreplaceable loss this has caused their families, friends and colleagues. We must do better on safety. Aside from this, 2018 was a year of milestones on the sustainability front, and we can look back with pride at our significant achievements.

In May, we launched a partnership to develop greenhouse-gas-free aluminium smelting: our Elysis joint venture with Alcoa, supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec. Late in the year, we signed an agreement to provide aluminium certified as " responsible "by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) to Nespresso – we are the first company to achieve ASI certification.

In September, we completed the sale of the last of our coal assets, becoming the only major mining company to divest completely from fossil fuel production. And in December, we completed the sale of our interest in the Grasberg copper mine, in Indonesia. Today , our portfolio is differentiated from our industry peers, with a fundamentally changed exposure to environmental, social and governance risks.

In November, we were pleased to be ranked the top extractives company and the second overall on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. We understand we have more work to do, but take such recognition to mean we are on the right track. As we look to the future, we can say with certainty that Rio Tinto will be part of the solution. We will continue to make every effort to keep our people safe and healthy. Our focus on partnership and sustainability will intensify.

And we will continue to create superior value for our shareholders, our communities, our employees, and the world at large.

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Our Sustainability Approach

We work in a way that delivers real, lasting benefits for our company and wider communities.

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Sustainability Reporting

Our values, experience and history tell us that we must work in a way that delivers real, lasting benefits for the owners of our company as well as the wider communities in which we operate.

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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

At the heart of our sustainability strategy – and our business – are our people and their safety.

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People

We are pioneers-exploring the boundaries of everything we do.

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Environment

We are committed to mitigating our operations' impact on the environment from start to finish.

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Human Rights

Everywhere we work, we respect and support all internationally recognized human rights.

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Ethics & Integrity

We have strong processes to ensure our business acts in line with the law, local regulations and our values.

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Communities

We seek to play a positive role in the communities where we operate, as well as in wider society.

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Climate Change

We believe we can help be part of the solution to address climate change.

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Closure

We plan the end of our operations in a way that leaves lasting benefits.

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Policies

Learn more about our sustainability policies and standards.

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