After an independent assurance procedure, BHP’s Chilean operations Escondida and Spence, as well as Olympic Dam in Australia, have been awarded the Copper Mark, which recognizes responsible production methods.
The Copper Mark is a copper-specific assurance mechanism designed to verify that value chain participants follow best practices in responsible manufacturing and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Copper Mark is a voluntary program that evaluates mining, smelting, and refining activities in 32 essential categories, including environment, community, human rights, and governance.
The Copper Mark evaluates members’ performance using the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA) and the Joint Due Diligence Standard for Copper, Lead, Nickel, and Zinc.
“We are thrilled that Olympic Dam is the first site in Australia to be awarded the Copper Mark,” BHP Olympic Dam Asset President, Jennifer Purdie, said.
“Olympic Dam is a multi-generational ore body and one of the world’s most significant deposits of copper, gold, silver and uranium.
“The Copper Mark accreditation provides an industry-wide approach to transparency and sustainability in the copper value chain and provides our customers with confidence in the copper they purchase.
“Award of the Copper Mark will help us to keep sustainably delivering jobs, investment and economic and social value,” Ms Purdie concluded.