Australia: Rio Tinto releases second progress report on Communities and Social Performance (CSP) practices including direct feedback from Traditional Owners
"Communities and Social Performance Commitments Disclosure", October 2022
Following the destruction of the rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in May 2020, we continue to strengthen our approach to managing Indigenous cultural heritage. As part of our efforts to increase transparency, we also committed to sharing regular updates on how we are improving our communities and social performance practices.
We released our first Communities and Social Performance Commitments Disclosure Interim Report in September 2021, with another update provided in our 2021 Annual Report. This is the next and final stand-alone Communities and Social Performance Commitments Disclosure Report. Going forward, we will share comprehensive updates in our Annual Report.
As we did in 2021, this report provides an update on:
– Our progress against our own commitments and internal work, external obligations and recommendations.
– The views of the Traditional Owners we work with in the Pilbara on how successfully these commitments are being met.
– The governance arrangements in place to oversee our progress against these actions.
– How we are working to advocate for enhanced sector-wide cultural heritage management.
During July 2022, we asked Traditional Owner groups in the Pilbara to share feedback on our progress on some of the commitments we made as part of the Rio Tinto Board Review in 2020 on cultural heritage management. As a result, this report presents our progress as at the end of July 2022, in line with the 2021 report.