Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1996 (Revised January 2002)

Freeport Indonesia

by Richard H.K. Vietor

Abstract

In 1996, PT Freeport Indonesia, the mining subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan, had just completed an expansion of its copper and gold mine in the western half of New Guinea. The mine, which had dealt with numerous environmental and sociocultural problems over the past couple of years, had recently proposed concrete plans for dealing with problems of acid drainage and spoils deposition. Now, although under widespread criticism and attack, the company is undergoing environmental and social audits and is again contemplating a major expansion.

Keywords: Trade; Mining; Environmental Sustainability; Business Strategy; Expansion; Social Issues; Mining Industry; Indonesia;

Citation:

Vietor, Richard H.K. "Freeport Indonesia." Harvard Business School Case 796-124, March 1996. (Revised January 2002.)