"All global leaders have a responsibility to care about social development and the social issues of the world."
President of Freeport-McMoRan Foundation (speaking Nov. 10, 2011, during the inaugural Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue)
Thunderbird for Good and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold have partnered to develop an online business skills training program that supports women entrepreneurs at learning centers where the world’s largest mining company operates facilities. Three initial sites in Chile and Peru use web-based technologies to deliver instruction, tools and resources in Spanish to program participants. Following certification, program participants continue to have access to an online forum that provides the women with tools and templates to manage and track their business performance. The program, announced at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative in New York, also provides networking opportunities among participants. Empowering women through education provides opportunities for them to live more productive lives and enables the development of healthier, more sustainable communities.