Press release

Oyu Tolgoi mine awarded the Copper Mark for its responsible production

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,

Oyu Tolgoi is proud to be awarded the Copper Mark, the copper industry’s new responsible production program.

To be awarded the Copper Mark, Oyu Tolgoi has demonstrated that it meets over 30 criteria for responsible environmental, social and governance operating practices.

Oyu Tolgoi chief executive Armando Torres said, “We are pleased to be among the first in the copper industry to be awarded the Copper Mark, demonstrating our commitment to responsible mining and transparency. We made this achievement together with all our stakeholders and communities in Mongolia”

“We will continue upholding the highest social and environmental standards and draw on the advice of environmental experts and the communities in which we operate.”

The Copper Mark is the first and only program for responsible production of the copper industry. Originally developed by the International Copper Association with inputs from a broad range of stakeholders including customers, NGOs and producers, the Copper Mark is now an independent entity with a multi-stakeholder council.

As part of this program, Oyu Tolgoi has also made a series of commitments about the way it operates, how it contributes to Mongolia’s society and economy, and how it manages environmental impacts. These commitments are underpinned by a number of policies, procedures and an approach which recognises that Oyu Tolgoi has a role to play in supporting the long-term development of Mongolia and sustainable supply chains.

Note to editors:

What does The Copper Mark stand for?

The Copper Mark stands for responsible production of copper. It is the first and only comprehensive social and environmental assurance system for copper, developed to demonstrate the industry’s responsible production practices and contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 of sustainable production and consumption.

Who can participate in The Copper Mark?

The Copper Mark is a voluntary program. Any copper producing site (mining, smelting and / or refining) can participate in its assurance process.

What is the process to be awarded the Copper Mark?

Copper producing sites participating in The Copper Mark are required to implement and be assessed against a set of responsible production criteria. The responsible production criteria are those defined in the Risk Readiness Assessment created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative.

You say the assessment is independent – who actually audits/certifies ?

Copper producers’ conformance with the Copper Mark criteria is independently verified by approved assessors. The entire assessment process is aligned with ISO19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems requirements. We have engaged RCS Global Ltd., one of the approved assessor of Copper Mark, to perform independent assurance audits.

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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