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Freeport-McMoRan Copper Gold Inc. (Freeport-McMoRan) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
Freeport-McMoRan operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. Freeport-McMoRan has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the worlds largest producer of molybdenum.
Freeport-McMoRans portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, the worlds largest copper and gold mine in terms of recoverable reserves; significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde and El Abra operations in South America; and the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper Golds global workforce includes over 30,000 employees. The company has a strong commitment to safety performance, environmental management and to the local communities where it operates. Freeport-McMoRan is a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals and committed to implementation of the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework.
President of Atlantic Copper, a Subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, wins the Spanish Environment Club Medal
President of Atlantic Copper Javier Targhetta was honored with a Spanish Environment Club medal for his longtime efforts to promote environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
Targhetta received the honor at a special medal ceremony in Madrid, Spain, and later was personally congratulated by the King of Spain H.M. Juan Carlos I, who held a Royal Audience for the occasion.
The Spanish Environment Club was formed in 1997 to promote environmental responsibility and sustainable development in Spain.
Club board members unanimously voted that Targhetta receive the medal, with Club president Rafael Fernández Rubio saying that Atlantic Copper’s work, “is based on a profound respect for the right of this and future generations to enjoy a healthy environment and a habitable planet, in accordance with the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold philosophy.”
Under Targhetta’s leadership, Atlantic Copper has marked several environmental firsts, including:
- The first multinational company in the copper industry to receive ISO 50001 certification (for its energy management system)
- One of the first companies in Andalucía to be awarded the Integrated Environment Authorization
- One of the first companies to sign a voluntary agreement with the Andalucía regional government to reduce environmental impacts below the legally established norms
During the past two decades, Atlantic Copper has invested more than $250 million for environmental improvement efforts and has obtained several certifications in addition to ISO 50001.
It also has partnered with the Huelva provincial government on conservation and education efforts for the Marismas del Odiel Natural Park. The park is the second most significant wetland reserves in Andalucía and is located near the site.
For further information about how Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. minimizes environmental impacts in the areas in which they operate, please visit their website at http://www.fcx.com/envir/envir.htm
Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/envir/wtsd/pdf-wtsd/2011/WTSD_Bk_2011.pdf