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Rio Tinto and the Problem of Toxic Culture

Rio Tinto and the Problem of Toxic Culture

by Starling Insights

Starling Insights Editorial Board

Feb 22, 2022


An internal investigation commissioned by Australian mining company, Rio Tinto, into its organizational culture revealed widespread bullying, racism, and harassment across the firm. Rio Tinto has been under scrutiny since it destroyed a 46,000-year-old aboriginal site while expanding an iron mine in May 2020.

The investigation found that nearly half of Rio’s employees had experienced bullying in the past five years. Additionally, close to a third of its female workers have dealt with sexual harassment, and 40% of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees have experienced racism.

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