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Lithium production has turned the Chilean Chemical and Mining Society SQM into an actor of change in the quality of life of people and communities, providing sustainable solutions for human development and the planet. We are present in the three great revolutions of the 21st century: Energy, technology, and food.

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Environmental Goals

By 2030 we will reduce brine extraction by 50%, reaffirming our corporate social responsibility.

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Lithium Life Cycle

Learn about our energy efficiency, water consumption, environmental care and CO2 emissions.

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Value proposal

We are present in strategic industries for human development with a product that has the lowest carbon footprint on the market.


Global Battery Alliance

Global Battery Alliance aims to create a sustainable lithium battery value chain through 10 guiding principles. We are the only lithium producer participating in this international alliance. Get to know the Global Battery Alliance

Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact seeks to encourage companies to take concrete actions toward sustainability. As part of the Global Compact, we commit to its ten principles, UN Agenda 17 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UN Global Compact

Initiative for the Assurance of Responsible Mining

IRMA is an international standard that certifies social and environmental performance at mine sites globally. Its rigor makes it a source of reference for a wide range of stakeholders. IRMA Certification

Dow Jones

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is a family of sustainability indices comprised of leading NYSE-traded companies with high performance in different areas, including the economic, social and environmental realms. Dow Jones Sustainability Index

ISO 9001: 2015

In 2018 we obtained the certification of lithium production and marketing processes under the ISO 9001: 2015 standard. In 2019 we renewed the certification for 3 years for Lithium Carbonate and Lithium Hydroxide in its industrial, technical and battery grades. More information

ISO TC 333 Lithium

In 2020 we joined the ISO / TC 333 Lithium International Committee with the mission of contributing - with all our experience acquired in more than 20 years producing lithium compounds - in the study of those technical regulations necessary to expand its value chain. More information


97.4 %

of the energy used in the lithium production process is solar


environmental monitoring points we deploy from the core of the Salar de Atacama to our operation

5.256 $ MUS

is the total investment value that we deliver to the communities through the Corfo Contract


metric tons of Lithium Carbonate will be our production capacity in 2023

50 %

reduction of brine we will experience in 2030


will be the year in which the lithium production process will be carbon neutral

99 %

of operation count the ports from where we export our products to the 5 continents

16.7 %

of the staff are women; figure that doubles the national average of the Chilean mining industry

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Human rights

Through this policy we materialize our commitments to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, within the framework of "Protection, Respect and Remedy" of the United Nations. This Policy is aware of and commitment to the respect and promotion of human rights.

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Policy Against Bribery and Corruption

Anti-Corruption Policy This Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Policy (the “Policy”) applies to all local and foreign operations of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile SA (“SQM”), as well as all directors.

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Sustainable development

At SQM Litio, our commitment to sustainability is integral and inalienable, applied to all of our work, caring for and respecting people, the environment and communities. As a company, we are committed to meeting high standards and, at the same time, we seek new challenges to continue improving the sustainability of SQM.

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Diversity and inclusion

We are a global company, made up of workers of more than 30 nationalities, which seeks to generate the necessary opportunities and conditions so that each person can develop their skills in an atmosphere of cordiality, respect and openness.

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