Argyle champagne diamond sold to raise funds for new scheme.
Rio Tinto has raised funds to sponsor a female mining intern from London’s Imperial College as part of its continuing support for the Women in Mining initiative.
The company sold a champagne diamond from its Argyle Diamond Mine to support the cause, which was announced at a Women in Mining event at Europe’s leading mining investment and capital raising conference, the Mines and Money conference, London.
Riot Tinto’s diamonds and minerals vice president of human resources, Gina Jardine, commented: “We are delighted to support Women in Mining and look forward to providing the successful intern with a rich experience and exposure to Rio Tinto’s global business.”
The Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia continues to support women, their local communities, and the role these communities have in the mining industry. In November, Rio Tinto celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Participation Agreement with the indigenous communities and traditional owners of its Kimberley-based mining operation.