Rio Tinto has developed a strategic response to biodiversity conservation and management.
As a first step in developing a biodiversity strategy, partnerships were formed with leading conservation organisations. These relationships provided a conservation perspective on the opportunities and challenges raised by the mining process and were an essential part of designing how to proceed. A detailed survey of the level of awareness and management of biodiversity issues at all operations was carried out. A paper setting out a strong business case for developing a biodiversity strategy was put to senior management.
The development of the strategy was managed by a Rio Tinto steering group and supported by an external advisory panel. The elements of the strategy have been developed to help corporate and operational staff improve biodiversity performance through:
- Identification of biodiversity risks and opportunity
- Development and implementation of biodiversity programmes
- Recognition of synergies and challenges with sustainable communities programmes
- Identification and development of strategic and operational partnerships, and,
- Effective corporate assurance