Rio Tinto Why Agreements Matter

Our agreements cover all sectors of our business, from environmental impact management to procurement. We integrate our commitment commitments into operational plans and reports and clearly communicate our commitments to the relevant teams. In 2011, four Pilbara native winners signed full native title contracts with Rio Tinto Eisenerz. In 2012 followed a fifth group, Yinhawangka. Community investments are voluntary financial commitments, including in-kind donations of assets and personnel, that Rio Tinto provides to third parties to address identified community needs or social risks. Development contributions are defined as non-discretionary financial obligations, including in-kind asset donations and working time, that Rio Tinto makes to a third party in order to obtain social, economic and/or environmental benefits for a community that Rio Tinto is required to comply with by law under a legally binding agreement, by a regulatory authority or by other means. Payment to landowners is non-discretionary compensation paid by Rio Tinto to third parties in connection with access to land, mine development, right of origin, impact and other legally binding compensation agreements. With the power to open all agreements to the control of transparency and fairness, Rio Tinto will only be able to be the industry leader they claim to be. “For the reasons outlined below, I would respectfully ask the community to consider a bilateral agreement between the community and the governments of Western Australia as a priority,” Salisbury wrote. Title is the common right and interests, collective or individual, of The Torres Strait Aboriginals and Islanders with respect to lands and waters that are owned by law and traditional customs, allowing them to link to an area recognized by Australian law. Recognition of the national title led to the introduction of the Native Title Act in 1994. This provides the legal framework for recognizing the rights and interests of Torres Strait Aborigines and Islanders, such as new applications for Aboriginal title and the negotiation of indigenous land use agreements.