Press release

Oyu Tolgoi celebrates Mongolia’s best at ‘Gobi Gem’ awards

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Oyu Tolgoi held its sixth annual Supplier Recognition ’Gobi Gem‘ Awards at the National Opera and Ballet House on Thursday, with government officials, local dignitaries, trade associations, and the supplier community taking part in the celebration of the finest of Mongolia’s industry.

The awards looked back over achievements in eight main categories in 2014: Safety, Business improvement; Social responsibility; Supply Chain development; South Gobi, Khanbogd, and Emerging suppliers, and a ‘Grand Prix’ category for the overall best-performer.

The awards, in addition to recognizing the eight winners, celebrate the achievements of Mongolia’s business and industrial community across sectors – from mining to logistics, and food services to aviation. Oyu Tolgoi worked with over 800 Mongolian companies, behind whose success stand nearly 35,000 workers and their families. In 2014, 77 per cent of Oyu Tolgoi's total procurement spend was made in Mongolia, and 51 per cent – totalling over US$ 301 million – was with national companies. The company also raised spend in the South Gobi region by 28 times since 2010, reaching US$42.0 million in 2014.

The winners at Gobi Gem for 2014 are:

  • Best Supplier for Safety performance – Bats Urgoo LLC
  • Best Supplier for Business improvement – Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia
  • Best Supplier for Social responsibility – Aero Mongolia LLC
  • Best Supplier for Supply Chain development – Weir Minerals LLC
  • Best South Gobi Supplier – GoviGurvanSaikhan LLC
  • Best Khanbogd Supplier – Khanbogd Khurd LLC
  • Best Emerging Supplier – MIAT JSC
  • Grand Prix – Support Services Mongolia LLC

Speaking at the event, Andrew Woodley, President and CEO – Oyu Tolgoi said: “At Oyu Tolgoi we recognise that we are on a journey together with our suppliers, and they are partners in our success. The Gobi Gem awards are a reflection of this commitment to develop together, which we have enshrined in our vision – to go from natural wealth to enduring value, knowledge and skill.

“In the sixth year of these awards, we celebrate Mongolian businesses that are reaching global standards of excellence – and partnering with us to deliver skill and experience that will be the foundation of a truly world class industry and workforce in Mongolia.

“It is both inspiring and satisfying to see so many strong Mongolian businesses emerging and developing quality products and services that support not just our business, but – more importantly – broader national and regional development.”

About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (

Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

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