MINING giant Rio Tinto has been around for almost 150 years and understands the need to constantly evolve and adapt. The UK company was quick to embrace sustainability solutions, and in 2018 Rio Tinto refreshed its strategy to align with UN´s Sustainable Development Goals. In the past year, it launched a partnership with Alcoa, the world’s eighth-largest aluminium producer, to develop a greenhouse-gas-free smelting process. It has also moved away from fossil fuels by selling-off the last of its coal assets. It is the only major mining company to have achieved such a transformation. This bold commitment impressed the BV judging panel, which has conferred on Rio Tinto the 2019 award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Mining (Global).