At Rio Tinto Kennecott, our commitment to the community is an important part of how we do business. We have a long-term strategy to partner with community organizations that align with our core values.
Cultivating these core values through our community partnerships helps us strengthen our operations and provide lasting benefits for our company and our community
In September 2008, Rio Tinto Kennecott purchased naming rights for the Rio Tinto stadium that hosts Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer club. In addition to naming rights, this investment provides the opportunity for us to be involved in education and youth sport programs in the Salt Lake area. Through this sponsorship, we have a unique opportunity to educate the community about mining and to partner on community events.
Rio Tinto Kennecott and the Natural History Museum of Utah have collaborated for more than 40 years dating back to the 1970s. During this time we’ve worked together to serve residents and visitors of Utah with award winning science education, community enrichment initiatives, immersive exhibits about the natural world and in 2008, donated the construction of the Museum’s new home at the Rio Tinto Center. This partnership reflects our shared passion for science and our shared commitment to a sustainable planet.
As the museum’s founding sustainability partner, Kennecott has collaborated with the Museum to create a “sustainability trail,” one of several internal road maps that guide visitors through the Museum’s galleries. This trail features exhibits and activities on how to create a more sustainable environment. It also addresses topics on geologic resources, water use and climate change.
In 2019 we will be collaborating on a new “Copper Comes to Life trail.”