Giving Back To The Community

Freeport-McMoRan is a global company with local priorities. We train workers, help educate children and facilitate community-based economic initiatives. Between 2008 and 2012, our worldwide community development contributions totaled more than $900 million—among the highest voluntary contributions in the mining industry.

We value open communication with people in the communities where we live and work. At the center of everything we do is a commitment to engage in honest and mutually beneficial dialogue. Our Community Partnership Panels, comprising leaders and citizens across all sectors of the community, give each of us an important vehicle to identify, plan and take action to address local needs and concerns.

In assessing how we can support our communities, we pay special attention to these areas:

  • Education
  • Economic development
  • Safety, health and wellness
  • Cultural heritage
  • Environment
  • Employee volunteerism

Here are some highlights of our initiatives that benefit communities:

• We support K-12 STEM education. Teachers, school administrators and parent volunteers can request up to $5,000 for STEM projects. We also offer grants up to $500 every year to support a wide variety of other educational projects.

• In 2011, the National Park Service recognized Freeport-McMoRan for our long-time support in helping preserve Arizona’s Tuzigoot National Monument. The hilltop village was built around 1000 A.D. and serves as an archeological treasure trove of artifacts vital to preserving the history and culture of the native Sinagua people.

• Each year, we award scholarships to students pursuing engineering or industry-related education at colleges, universities, or in other technical training programs. 

• We’re engaged in promoting the arts, culture and historic preservation projects. In Arizona, some of our partners include Childsplay, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Theatre Company, Gila Valley Arts Council, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Bisbee Community Chorus, SharMoore Children’s Productions and the Verde Valley Theatre.