Freeport-McMoRan’s Public Health Initiatives
August 26, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The natural resources that Freeport-McMoRan produces are essential to the world's economies. As population growth and urbanization continue to accelerate, Freeport-McMoRan’s products are critical to a rising standard of living on a global scale. The foundation of Freeport-McMoRan’s plans for production growth and resource expansions includes their commitment to join with stakeholders in working toward sustainable development.
Freeport-McMoRan operates in parts of the world that lack clean water and sanitation, and have populations with low levels of health education, awareness and access to adequate health services. Malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) are serious infectious diseases impacting communities near its operations in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, including members of their workforce. In coordination with local governments and NGOs, Freeport-McMoRan dedicates significant resources to helping communities and governments reduce public health risks.
- PT Freeport Indonesia received a Community Empowerment Program Gold Award from the Government of Indonesia for its efforts in reducing HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and improving maternal health in 2013.
- Improving access to clean water is critical to improving local health and living standards. Since 2007, 113 water wells have been constructed on Tenke Fungurume Mining’s concession, including 19 in 2013.
To learn more about these public health initiatives and others, please see http://www.fcx.com/sd/community/pub_health.htm
Please see the 2013 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of Freeport-McMoRan’s social, economic and environmental efforts.