Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer and has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. FCX is also the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer.
The company’s portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg mining complex in Indonesia, the world’s largest copper and gold mine in terms of recoverable reserves, significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large scale Morenci and Safford minerals districts in North America and the Cerro Verde and El Abra operations in South America, and the highly prospective Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At December 31, 2010, FCX had proven and probable copper reserves of 120.5 billion pounds.
Our global workforce includes over 29,700 employees. The company has a strong commitment to safety performance, environmental management and to the local communities where it operates. FCX is a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals and committed to implementation of the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework.
Concurrently, societal needs for clean water, efficient energy use, job creation, community development, and ecosystems protection continue to increase. Our challenge is to meet the demands for our metals while improving our contribution to sustainable development.
Safe workplaces, trained and motivated employees, and engaged communities are key concepts of sustainable development. Freeport McMoRan addresses these and other topics with important intersections across the social spectrum as we work toward sustainable development.
We operate in many 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. In coordination with local governments and NGOs, we dedicate significant resources to helping communities, including indigenous peoples, and governments to reduce public health risks.
Communities We operate around the globe, but each of our operations is rooted in local communities where the people we employ, suppliers we choose, and organizations with which we partner are all integral to the success and development of the area. In alignment with our Community Policy, we work collaboratively with communities to mitigate negative impacts and cultivate opportunities to maximize positive impacts, as well as advance local community development plans.
PT Freeport Indonesia Surrounding our operations in Indonesia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are infectious diseases that are risks to employees, their families and the local community. Through the PTFI Public Health and Malaria Control (PHMC) Department, supported by the Company’s medical services provider, International SOS, the Company implements programs for education and training, prevention, counseling, diagnosis and treatment.
In 2010, PHMC provided HIV/AIDS training for more than 7,700 community members and 6,600 employees, a 29% increase compared with 2009. PTFI also provides confidential HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services for employees and community members; more than 2,950 employees and 1,500 community members underwent VCT in 2010.
In cooperation with the local government and the Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Organization (LPMAK), PTFI operates a TB clinic in Timika that provides active TB case detection and treatment by implementing the Direct Observed Treatment Short-Course Method. In 2010, more than 5,100 persons visited the Timika TB Clinic, of which approximately 1,700 were tested for TB. Of these, 314 individuals diagnosed with TB began the treatment program. In 2010, the TB sixmonth treatment completion rate was 88% for community members and 98% for employees. This exceeds the World Health Organization treatment standard (85%). This is a great success considering the high mobility of the local community, which contributes to higher drop-out rates in similar populations elsewhere.
PTFI also implements a world-class integrated malaria control program in its project area and surrounding communities. All slide-confirmed malaria cases are treated with high quality artemesinin combination treatment (ACT) drugs at clinic sites and in the community. In 2010, PHMC community clinics and PTFI employee health facilities diagnosed and treated approximately 17,800 employees and community members for malaria (a 26% decrease compared with 2009). The number of malaria cases treated at the local LPMAK community hospital decreased by 6% to nearly 39,300 cases.
In 2010, the LPMAK contributed approximately $12 million to community healthcare programs, including the operation of two fully functional community hospitals.
Tenke Fungurume Mining Tenke Fungurume Mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo implements an integrated malaria control program in its project area to protect the workforce, as well as the community residing within the concession. Along with indoor residual insecticide spraying of dwellings to reduce the mosquito population, the program includes monitoring and treatment of mosquito breeding sites and distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets. In addition, information on malaria prevention and recognition of symptoms was provided to the workforce and community members through Health Zone community health workers, who were supported and trained by TFM. Close collaboration with the local government clinics and civil authorities is maintained on projects of common interest such as training of laboratory staff to improve malaria diagnostic skills, proper treatment and capacity building.
All confirmed malaria cases from the workforce and their dependents are treated with ACT drugs at clinics on site. In 2010, a total of 750 malaria cases in employees/dependents were diagnosed and treated. Malaria prevalence surveys among local school children are conducted twice a year to establish the impact of intervention measures. The average prevalence rate of 31% from the May 2010 school survey indicated a decrease of 9% in malaria prevalence compared with the previous year (May 2009) survey and a 60% decrease compared with the baseline (pre-control) survey conducted in 2007.
TFM also provides support for employees and their families through a robust HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling and treatment program. Based on infection rates found in pregnant women, the Fungurume Health Zone (FHZ) estimates the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the community to be between 2.5% and 3%, well below the rate in Lubumbashi (6.8%) but higher than the reported national average (1%). To mitigate this, TFM is working with the FHZ staff, regional and national authorities to develop a full and sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment plan.
Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
Corporate Executives Roundtable on Malaria in Africa