Ms. Vaccari currently leads the International Copper Association’s Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (HESD) Program, creating and executing strategies to support copper’s contribution to sustainable development. This includes aligning a robust body of leading metals science with the actions needed to confirm its global acceptance, ensuring market access and maintaining license to operate for members now and in the future.
During her tenure at Rio Tinto, Ms. Vaccari served as Global Quality Manager for Rio Tinto Minerals where she was responsible for the organization’s Quality Program and team, including the company’s production and finished product laboratories. In her first two roles at Rio Tinto Minerals, Ms. Vaccari led the implementation of Rio Tinto Minerals’ Sustainable Development strategy across all facets of the business. This included advancing and executing Sustainability and Climate Change strategies, conducting Life Cycle Assessments, and benchmarking studies of products and processes for project evaluation.
Ms. Vaccari holds a Joint Honors Degree, B.E.S., in Environment and Resource Studies and Physical Geography from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a certified auditor in ISO 9001/14001, a Mining Topic Expert for the Responsible Jewelry Council, the Mining & Metals subject editor for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, and Vice Chair of E60.80, ASTM’s General Sustainability Subcommittee. In addition, she holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is an accomplished author and speaker, with over 20 peer reviewed articles in print in the areas of Product Stewardship and Sustainable Development.