At SQM Lithium we work on production processes under strict national and international standards. For this reason, one of the most important actions of the operation is to measure the impact of lithium production, both on the environment and in communities and areas of operation. It is about the Life Cycle analysis, a management tool that allows us to define the levels of CO2, energy and water consumption.

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Race to zero

Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign that brings together non-state actors in the global economy to take immediate and rigorous action to cut emissions in half by 2030 and achieve a healthier, carbon-free and on-time world. More information

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. More information

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). More information

Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

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. More information

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. More information

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


In our Sustainability Report, we ratify our full and inalienable commitment to sustainability. This is an important exercise in transparency and management that we have been carrying out since 2010, and which helps us connect with our stakeholders, following the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative for its preparation and external verification. Find out all the information about the frequency indices (IF), severity index, operational risk index and more.

Panoramic of four flames in salar


In the Environmental Impact Study of the project “Changes and Improvements in the Mining Operation in the Salar de Atacama”, one of the commitments established in the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA) corresponds to the implementation of an Environmental Monitoring Plan, which aims to assess the state of the Salar de Atacama systems over time


The Salar de Atacama, as it is known today, was formed over several thousand years by a continuous process of natural evaporation. The saline brine, a highly concentrated saline solution in the subsoil, was also created by this natural process called the hydrological cycle.

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Hydrogeological management map of the salar


Committed to the sustainability and efficient management of resources in the Salar de Atacama, we have the website "SQM Online"; whose environmental monitoring system allows us to report, on a daily basis, on the extraction of industrial water, brine, and background information on environmental matters. An act of transparency that works as a means of verification for authorities, community and interested parties.


At SQM Litio our commitment to sustainability is integral and inalienable, applying care and respect for people, the environment and communities to all of our work. As a company, we are firmly committed to sustainable development, carrying out our operations in harmony with the environment and promoting the responsible and sustainable use of resources. Find out all the information about frequency indices (IF), severity index, operational risk index and more.

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SQM Lithium Separator