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Rio Tinto

For 146 years, Rio Tinto has been pioneering the production of materials essential to human progress. The minerals and metals Rio Tinto produces play a vital role in meeting consumer needs. They’re used in a diverse range of everyday items and innovative technologies that help make modern life work.

With around 15,000 people working across 35 plus locations, Rio Tinto is the biggest mining and metals company operating in Canada, and is committed to creating value and opportunity that reaches far beyond Rio Tinto’s operations. Rio Tinto hires local people, and partners with leading Canadian business and community organizations. Rio Tinto works hard to be good neighbours and to take good care of its people, natural surroundings, and Canada’s rich cultural heritage.

Rio Tinto has longstanding partnerships with communities, businesses, customers and institutions across Canada to create mutual value, improve our business performance, and demonstrate responsible leadership.

Montreal is home to Rio Tinto’s global headquarters for the aluminum and ilmenite and titanium businesses, and also serves as a global hub for Rio Tinto operations.

Our Statement of Commitment to Indigenous peoples outlines our focus on continued partnership in the areas of:

  • Education, skills and training
  • Cultural education and preservation
  • Economic development
  • Environmental stewardship

The company’s Canadian assets that currently report on TSM performance include the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), the Diavik Diamond Mine, and Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT).

Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC)
The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) is a major North American producer and supplier of superior-quality iron ore concentrate and iron ore pellets.  It operates a mine with five operating pits, a concentrator and a pellet plant in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Located in a region called the Labrador Trough, known for its large deposits of high-grade iron ore, IOC also operates a fully-owned 418 km-long railway which links its Labrador operations to its port terminal in Sept-Îles, Quebec.

IOC has a workforce of approximately 2,400 and is one of the largest private-sector employers in Newfoundland and Labrador. IOC is a joint venture of Rio Tinto, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation.

Highlights for 2018 include IOC’s ongoing commitment to partnership with five Indigenous communities with asserted rights on lands where IOC operates, as well as the opening of the Moss pit, the newest open pit mine at the Labrador City operations.  Hazard Identification Training was extended to all operational employees and IOC began using drones to reduce risks and improve efficiencies within the business.  This practice helps to enhance safety, improve environmental practices, conduct asset surveillance, and assess ore stockpiles, all part of a measurement system and visual inspection to mitigate and manage risk.

Diavik Diamond Mine
The Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories is a joint venture between Rio Tinto (60%) and Dominion Diamond Corporation (40%). Diavik began producing in 2003, and has an annual production of six to seven million carats of predominantly large, white gem-quality diamonds. Diavik has been recognized for its efforts and successes in providing socio-economic benefits to local Indigenous communities over the last 18 years. Since 2000, Diavik has spent $5.7 billion on northern businesses, or 71% of the company’s total business expenditures. Half of its northern expenditures have supported northern Indigenous businesses and their joint ventures.

At Diavik, sustainable development is integrated into everything it does. Diavik’s operations provide benefits and opportunities for local communities, businesses and governments. Diavik works with all its stakeholders to deliver substantial and lasting benefits.

Through a responsible approach to mineral development, Diavik ensures it maintains its licence to operate. This also creates the opportunity to plan, implement, and deliver sustainable contributions to social well-being, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity, within strong governance systems.

Diavik employs 1,113 people. Of these, 341 are non-Indigenous northerners and 219 are Indigenous northerners.

2018 marked a key milestone with the inauguration of Diavik’s new A21 pipe, bringing a fourth pipe to production as it started surface mining during its summer months.  It began processing ore at a record breaking level with safety as a first priority.

Diavik maintains a strong relationship with its community partners and is committed to supporting sustainable northern and Indigenous economic development, with a focus on improving the quality of life for local residents. It does so through direct support for local businesses and a continued commitment to training and innovation.

Havre Saint Pierre
Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT), which is wholly owned by Rio Tinto, operates a world-class ilmenite deposit at Lac Tio near Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec. RTFT is one of the leading manufacturers of raw materials for the titanium dioxide industry and a leader in the production of iron, steel and high-quality metal powders. It pioneered the process of removing iron from ilmenite and has operated in Quebec for 65 years. RTFT employs approximately 250 people at Havre-Saint-Pierre.

In 2018, RTFT continued to focus on strengthening its relationship with its Indigenous partners in the region while getting a new permit for the future expansion of the mine waste rock pile.  Both the mine and metallurgical complex continued to focus on health and safety, with a focus on leadership in the field. RTFT continues to invest in projects aimed primarily at improving environmental performance, while advancing its management practices.

ABORIGINAL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Rio Tinto is a strong believer in developing and maintaining meaningful partnerships with local Indigenous groups, which is reflected in its strong performance in stakeholder outreach. In 2019, Rio Tinto renewed its partnership with Indspire, Canada’s leading Indigenous charity that primarily provides bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education or training.

IOC has been partnering with communities in Labrador West and Sept-Îles for more than five decades. In 2018, IOC invested over $500,000 in its community partners and created programs to encourage volunteering, including Dollars for Doers and Small Gift, Big Lift.

The Traditional Knowledge Panel operating in Diavik brings together Indigenous elders and youth selected by their community to engage in environmental management and monitoring, most notably as it relates to closure planning for the mine. The Traditional Knowledge Panel applies their knowledge of historical caribou migrations and behaviour, water quality and flow patterns, vegetation and the interaction of all aspects of the environment to identify concepts, values, understandings, and complexities to be considered for closure options across the site. The mine has consistently reported a Level A or above under the Aboriginal and Community Outreach Protocol since implementing the TSM program.

In 2018, RTFT continued to strengthen its engagement with its community stakeholders, including its Indigenous partners near the mine. During the last several years, RTFT has worked very diligently on forging positive and productive working relations with the Indigenous community near its mining operations.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING
Rio Tinto meets the requirements of the TSM Crisis Management and Communications Planning Protocol at the corporate level, as well as at all of its sites, including Labrador City, Sept-Îles, Havre-Saint-Pierre, and Diavik.

TAILINGS MANAGEMENT
Responsible tailings management is a priority for Rio Tinto. We are committed to being transparent with our stakeholders about our tailings facilities and how we manage them, including our employees, the communities we operate in, governments and regulators, partners and NGOs.  Rio Tinto has been an active member of the Tailings Working Committee at the International Council of Mining and Metals since the committee was formed in 2016.  In 2018, IOC continued with its progressive rehabilitation program and proceeded with the re-vegetation of 22 hectares of tailings.  In 2019, Rio Tinto disclosed detailed information on each of its global tailings facilities and published both the company’s Group Procedure and its Standard for Management of tailings and water storage facilities on its website.

ENERGY USE AND GHG EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT
The Diavik Diamond Mine operates the largest hybrid wind-diesel power facility at a remote mine site in the world. Since coming on line in 2012, the windfarm has offset Diavik’s diesel use by over 26 million litres and reduced overall GHG emissions by 73 thousand tonnes.

SAFETY AND HEALTH
A priority for all Rio Tinto operations is the safety and health of its employees. The company has undertaken several initiatives to help foster education and awareness. In 2018, all operations continued to focus on the company’s Critical Risk Management plans, including added focus on training across all of the company’s global sites, including those in Canada. Rio Tinto’s commitment to safety is reflected in this year’s TSM results, with strong performance across the four indicators.

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT
Rio Tinto’s corporate biodiversity strategy governs biodiversity management systems across its business. The operations have focused their attention on implementing Rio Tinto’s strategy and furthering understanding of the requirements of this TSM Protocol.

Last year, IOC established a pilot program to reduce fish mortality rates during fish collection exercises while conducting federally regulated scientific studies on lake systems.  IOC will continue to use these new methods to have a more positive impact on the ecosystem.

In 2018, IOC also implemented a Tailings to Biodiversity Wetlands Education Program which teaches children about ecosystems and what creates a healthy habitat focusing on living and non-living organisms. The program consists of both classroom and field trip instruction around Tanya Lake Walking Trail, including tree planting, whilst teaching the student about biodiversity and ecosystem health.

For more information, please visit www.riotinto.com

Externally Verified Results

2019 TSM Results

Rio Tinto

Crisis Management and Communications Planning Assessment
Facility Crisis management and communications preparednessReviewTraining
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. – Corporate
Rio Tinto – Corporate
Diavik Diamond Mine
Harve St. Pierre Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Results as of: December 31, 2020
Preventing Child and Forced Labour Assessment
Facility PREVENTING FORCED LABOURPREVENTING CHILD LABOUR
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Results as of: December 31, 2020
Aboriginal and Community Outreach Assessment
Community of Interest (COI) identificationEffective COI engagement and dialogueCOI response mechanismReporting
Diavik Diamond Mine
Harve St. Pierre Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Safety and Health Assessment
Commitments and accountabilityPlanning and implementationTraining, behaviour and cultureMonitoring and reportingPerformance
Diavik Diamond Mine
Harve St. Pierre Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Tailings Management Assessment
Tailings management policy and commitmentTailings management systemAssigned accountability and responsibilityAnnual tailings management reviewOperation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manual
Diavik Diamond Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Biodiversity Conservation Management Assessment
Commitment, accountability and communicationsConservation planning and implementationReporting
Diavik Diamond Mine
Harve St. Pierre Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Energy and GHG Emissions Management Assessment
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions managementEnergy use and greenhouse gas emissions reporting systemsEnergy and greenhouse gas emissions performance targets
Diavik Diamond Mine
Harve St. Pierre Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Water Stewardship Assessment
Water governanceOperational water managementWatershed-scale planningWater reporting and performance
Diavik Diamond Mine
Iron Ore Company of Canada

AAA

AA

A

B

C

Results as of: December 31, 2020
Energy Use & Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data
Facility Total Direct Emissions (Tonnes CO2e)Total Indirect Emissions (Tonnes CO2e)Total EmissionsTotal Energy Use (GJ)
Diavik Diamond Mine21726823902196583031076
Results as of: December 31, 2020
International Initiatives
Industry Sustainability Initiatives
ICMM Sustainable Development Framework
WGC Conflict Free Gold Standard
ISO 14001 - EMS Standard
Management System Standards
OHSAS 18001
UN Global Compact
International Voluntary Initiatives
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
AA 1000
Reporting, Disclosure and Transparency Standards
Global Reporting Initiative
Carbon Disclosure Project
Water Disclosure Project
Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards
Financing Standards
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Listed on Socially Responsible Investing Indices
Jantzi Social Index
Responsible Jewellery
Industry Sustainability Initiatives
International Cyanide Code
Kimberley Process
Results as of: Dec 05, 2019

Letters of Assurance

Rio Tinto | 2019 | TSM Letter of Assurance

Rio Tinto | 2016 | TSM Letter of Assurance



Other TSM Results

TSM Results 2019 (Externally Verified)

TSM Results 2018

TSM Results 2017

TSM Results 2016 (Externally Verified)

TSM Results 2015

TSM Results 2014

TSM Results 2013

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