The Copper Mark initiative has added its two newest operations, Capstone Copper’s Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde operations in Chile.
Capstone officials said that now, within one year, both mines will be assessed and independently verified against the Copper Mark’s 32 responsible production criteria, including environmental management, greenhouse gas emissions, human rights, community health, safety and development, and governance.
“Our Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde operations have joined the Copper Mark framework, reaffirming our commitment to continually pursue best practices based on international standards for responsible mining,” Capstone CEO John MacKenzie said.
“Copper is essential to a low-carbon future, and so it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we supply this critical natural resource in as sustainable [a] manner as possible.”
Michèle Brülhart, executive director of the Copper Mark, noted that Chile is a vital element to responsible production as the world’s leading copper producing country.
“That is why we are pleased to welcome Capstone Copper’s…operations in Chile to the Copper Mark. We will be working with these sites through the Copper Mark framework to support their commitment to provide responsibly produced copper and accelerate the clean energy transition,” Brülhart added.
The Copper Mark is a global assurance framework to promote responsible production practices and demonstrate the industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Copper Mark already covers two of the largest copper mines in the world, five producers in the biggest copper producing region in the world, and six of the ten largest companies producing copper. Over 20% of global copper is now produced by Copper Mark-assured sites.