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IUCN and Rio Tinto announce three-year relationship - focus on enhanced sustainable development


IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Rio Tinto today entered into a formal collaboration agreement, committing to work together over a three year period.

The relationship aims to help Rio Tinto strengthen its sustainable development efforts, environmental management and delivery of conservation outcomes, while enabling IUCN to increase its awareness and understanding of the conservation and business challenges facing the resources sector.

“IUCN and Rio Tinto recognise that to find sustainable solutions to environmental and conservation challenges, cross-sector engagement and collaboration are critical,” says Director General of IUCN Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “IUCN engages broadly with leaders in the private sector about business’s impact on the environment - as it believes if business is part of a problem it must also contribute to finding and delivering the solutions.”

Chief Executive Officer Rio Tinto Tom Albanese said, “We look forward to working with IUCN and developing innovative solutions to biodiversity and other sustainable development issues that are an important component of our operations. Through our collaborative efforts, we hope to develop programmes and actions that will contribute to enhanced environmental performance - both for Rio Tinto and the broader resources sector.”

The relationship will focus on further developing Rio Tinto’s biodiversity programmes, explore emerging green markets and how they relate to Rio Tinto and the mining sector, and build benchmarks for biodiversity management.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

Rio Tinto recognises that the conservation and responsible management of the environment and natural resources - such as land, water, biodiversity and air - are important business and societal issues. The Group’s Biodiversity strategy commits Rio Tinto to achieving the goal of a “net positive impact” on biodiversity - ensuring that biodiversity ultimately benefits as a result of Rio Tinto’s activities in a region.

About IUCN

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is responsible for the publication of the Red List of Threatened Species™, which identifies and lists endangered species, and the evaluation and monitoring of natural World Heritage Sites for consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.


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