Sustainability: Our Story

Social and Sustainability Performance

We are committed to the responsible operation of our business. We do all we can to ensure the highest standards of ethical behaviour, health and safety, environmental stewardship and governance, while sharing the benefits of mining with our communities.

In our experience, responsible mining is compatible with the highest stakeholder expectations in terms of both social and environmental performance. Our licence to operate depends on meeting those expectations at all times.

That is why our promise to create value through growth and returns is not confined to our financial investors. We work hard to ensure the health and safety of our people and also that their communities see a return on their investment of time, skills and commitments.

Growth:

  • Total number of workers up from under 3,000 in 2008 to over 16,000, an increase of more than 500%.

Returns:

  • Close to US$140 million invested in health, safety and environmental initiatives since 2008

  • Around US$16 million invested in training since 2008

  • Over US$32 million invested in local communities since 2008

  • Inclusion in the FTSE4Good scheme 

Mining is an essential activity that creates value at the local and global level. We believe it can be compatible with high stakeholder expectations vis-à-vis social and environmental performance, and, indeed, that our social licence to operate is dependent upon meeting those expectations. Therefore, responsible business practices must be deeply integrated in the operations, and factors affecting stakeholders taken into consideration at every critical decision-making level. This is reflected in our business model, wherein sustainable business practices ground our value-creation pyramid.

Our commitment to create long-term value is founded on responsible mining practices, to create value for and ensure the wellbeing of stakeholders without compromising future generations, through policies and practices implemented from the earliest stages of exploration until mine closure. We benchmark our success within a framework of maturing sustainability practices and continuous improvement in our safety culture.

Furthermore, compatible mining enhances our competitive advantages: engaging communities from the earliest stages of exploration and development reduces project risk and supports asset values; community support and environmental stewardship can minimise disruptions and ensure operational continuity; and a solid ESG risk profile influences the cost of capital, essential to balance sheet flexibility. 

We do all we can to ensure the highest standards of ethical behaviour, health and safety, environmental stewardship and governance, while sharing the benefits of mining with our communities.

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