Kennecott Utah Copper actively partners with local charities to support projects that promote a mutual long-term benefit to the community near our operation. These partnerships and programs are aligned with our business plan and are part of our sustainable development commitment that focuses on community engagement, education, environment and energy.
BirdLife International: Rio Tinto is a worldwide partner of BirdLife International. Locally, Kennecott has contributed $450,000 to support BirdLife conservation projects. BirdLife International is a global partnership of 63 national non-governmental conservation organizations with a focus on preserving bird species and biodiversity. This network, when combined with the BirdLife Secretariat, provides unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment worldwide.
The Nature Conservancy: In 2011, Kennecott donated $300,000 to support The Nature Conservancy‚Äôs Wings and Water Wetlands Education Collaboration. The Wings and Water Wetlands Education Program is a partnership between the Conservancy and the Utah Botanical Center, which provides an opportunity to expand Wings and Water and create an even more effective platform for Great Salt Lake education and outreach.
Kennecott values education and strives to attract the best and brightest employees to meet the long-term needs of our business. We support scholarships within our community to help foster talent and demonstrate the value of education.¬†
- Kennecott Scholars: Our premier scholarship program with five local universities and colleges continued in 2011, supporting 39 students for a total contribution of $234,000.
- Kennecott trade scholarships: We invested $36,000 to offer 18 employees scholarships to advance their trade education.
- Kennecott employee family scholarships: In 2011, 27 high school seniors with a parent employed at Kennecott received a $2,000 college scholarship.