Certifications, Evaluations and Alliances


Our products and processes have national and international certifications and evaluations.


ILIA is the global trade association for the lithium industry and represents the entire lithium value chain. The Association was established in 2021 as a non-profit international industry association run by and for its members.

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. Find Out More

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 10 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More information

Business Action

Acción Empresas is an organization of more than 130 companies that, under the logic of competitiveness and sustainability, have decided to conduct their businesses in a sustainable manner. The initiative aims toward building a more inclusive and equitable society. Acción Empresas represents the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Chile. More information


The Chilean Industrial Chemical Association (ASIQUIM) includes 120 companies from the industrial chemical industry. In Chile, ASIQUIM implements Responsible Care, a global initiative that promotes sustainable development of the chemical industry. We also serve on the board of ASIQUIM’s Commission for Northern Chile in Antofagasta. More information

International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) represents between 75-80% of global fertilizer production, including producers, sales and distribution. More information

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. More information

Responsible Care

A voluntary certification and commitment by chemical companies to perfect the production, handling, distribution, use and disposal processes for their products. The companies aim toward the highest health and safety standards for their employees and surrounding communities while protecting the environment, company and community assets. More information


Ecovadis is a sustainability ratings provider that uses a methodology based on international standards, including the United Nations Global Compact Global Reporting Initiative and ISO 26000. More information

ISO 14001.

Companies use this Environmental Management System Standard to demonstrate responsibility and commitment to protecting the environment by managing environmental risks that could arise in their business operations. More information

NCh 3262, Gender Equality

NCh 3262 (2012) on Gender Equality and Work-Life Balance is a voluntary standard that can be implemented in any organization. To incorporate gender perspective into companies, the UN Development Program (UNDP) recommended that all countries create programs to certify gender equality management systems. 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


CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. CDP is internationally renowned as one of the environmental reports with the most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city sustainability action. More information

Chile Footprint

Huella Chile encourages public and private-sector companies to manage Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in order to mitigate the country's emissions. The program awards recognition beginning with carbon footprint measurement through the declaration of excellence. More information


The leading environmental initiative for the European port sector. As such, it offers a series of environmental management tools based on EcoPorts PERS guidelines, global standards and the voluntary commitments that exceed regulatory requirements. 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 the full and inalienable commitment to sustainability. This is an important exercise in transparency and management that we have been carrying out since 2010, and that helps us to connect with our stakeholders, following the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines for its preparation and external verification.


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.

sustainability life cycle of lithium
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.

Lithium plant aerial plan
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, 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.

Three Atacameña women weaving in a desert framed in a circle with green leaves


SQM Lithium Separator