Rio Tinto is a leading international mining and exploration group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. In 2006, Rio Tinto employed 35,000 people in 40 countries. Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining and processing the earth’s mineral resources – metals and minerals essential for making thousands of everyday products that meet society’s needs and contribute to improved living standards. Major products include aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Rio Tinto’s mining activities span the globe but are most strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses also in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.
“Balancing economic, social and environmental considerations is central to how we operate. This approach builds trust and fosters mutually beneficial relationships. It also increases our access to land, human and financial resources.”
- Reduced on-site GHG emissions per unit of production by 4.8 percent from 1990 levels by 2001.
- Reduce on-site GHG emissions per unit of production by 4 percent from 2003 levels by 2008.
- Group-wide energy efficiency target that seeks to reduce energy use per ton of product by 5 percent by 2008 from a 2003 base.