Rio Tinto India Diamond Project Wins Social Awareness Award

Rio Tinto’s Bunder diamond project in India won the
2010–11 Sitaram Rungta Social Awareness Award, conferred by the Federation of
Indian Mineral Industries.

The annual award recognizes leadership in corporate social
responsibility practices in the Indian mining industry, encompassing both
social and environmental performance. This is the first time FIMI has granted a
Social Awareness Award to a pre-mining project rather than to an established
mining operation.

FIMI has a membership of around 350 organizations involved
in mining and mineral processing. A panel of independent judges decides its
annual awards.

“We are honored and proud to receive this prestigious award
and wish to pay particular thanks to our workforce, community team, and FIMI for
their tireless support,” said Rio Tinto Diamonds managing director Bruce Cox in
a statement.