The Iron Ore Company of Canada recognized for its leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility

MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has been presented with four Towards Sustainable Mining Performance Awards and three Achievements of Excellence by the Mining Association of Canada.

"Our goal is to meet society's needs for iron ore, which is used in construction, infrastructure and many every day products, while minimizing impacts to the environment and maximizing benefits to our communities where we operate.  These awards reiterate that we are doing the right things to reduce our environmental footprint while building communities in a responsible way and we are delighted that our efforts are recognized by our peers", said Julie Gelfand, Vice President, Environment and Social Responsibility at IOC.

Each year the Mining Association of Canada recognizes members companies and their facilities for their responsible approach to social, economic and environmental performance. IOC was among the recipients who have met or exceeded best practices benchmarks, during the Annual Mining Day which took place in Ottawa earlier this week.

Both IOC Sept-Îles and Labrador City facilities received Level AA Towards Sustainable Mining Performance Awards for their Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management and for their External Stakeholders Relations. The Company and its two facilities also received an Achievement of Excellence for their Corporate crisis management planning.

IOC is a leading Canadian producer of iron ore concentrate and iron ore pellets serving customers worldwide. The Company operates a mine, concentrator and a pelletizing plant in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as port facilities located in Sept-Îles, in the Province of Quebec. It also operates a 418-kilometer railroad that links the mine to the port. IOC has 2200 employees and its major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

SOURCE IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA

For further information:

Heather Bruce-Veitch
Director - External Relations, Newfoundland and Labrador
Telephone: 709 722-4264
Julie Cusson
Director - Communications and External Relations, Québec
Telephone:  514 285-8416

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