The Huelva company Atlantic Copper has been recognized with the seal Copper Mark, a new worldwide accreditation that guarantees responsible copper production and the industry’s contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the first mining-metallurgical company in the EU to obtain this recognition.
This accreditation, also obtained by two mining centers of the Freeport-McMoRan group, Cerro Verde (Peru) and El Abra (Chile), “demonstrates the multinational’s commitment to sustainability and the commitment of the North American company to extend this seal to other subsidiaries, “the company said in a statement.
Copper Mark, which was initially developed by the International Copper Association (ICA) and contributed by external stakeholders, “has become an independent entity that establishes a rigorous global compliance system based on ESG principles with a comprehensive set of environmental, social and governance criteria “, it adds in its company note. “It is the first and only system developed specifically for the copper industry, which allows each company to demonstrate to its customers, suppliers, investors, end manufacturers and other stakeholders a responsible production process aligned with the SDGs” .
In total, more than 30 criteria have been independently evaluated by an expert advisor, among which, in addition to those already mentioned, the human rights, labor and working conditions of employees stand out.
Javier Nameplate, CEO of Atlantic Copper, has shown his satisfaction with the recognition as “The Copper Mark is the result of an ambitious strategy inspired by Freeport’s values. Innovation focused on sustainable efficiency is in the DNA of the company And from here I thank the entire Atlantic Copper team for their daily commitment to producing copper for a better world and in a responsible way. Likewise, this seal demonstrates the contribution of the copper industry to sustainable development and is a recognition of the firm commitment of the company with regard to the implementation of the SDGs and the principles of ICMM (International Council on Mining and Metals) “.
Since its approval in 2015, Atlantic Copper has reaffirmed its commitment to a more sustainable future by aligning with the SDGs, which aim to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of people around the world. world. Thus, five years later, “the company has already managed to implement the United Nations objectives in all its areas of action, becoming an example and benchmark of industrial sustainability”, explains the company.
Largest producer in Spain
Atlantic Copper is a company from Huelva, the largest copper producer in Spain, which directly employs more than 1,000 people and is committed to the sustainability of its processes. Its shareholder is the North American company Freeport-McMoRan, one of the main natural resources groups in the United States. Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s second largest copper producer, top molybdenum producer and a major gold producer.