Introduction

Our approach

We aspire to be a company that is admired and respected for delivering superior value and for being the industry’s most trusted partner.

As a leading global mining and metals business, our activities touch many thousands of people – including our shareholders, our employees, our host communities and governments, our suppliers and our customers – in all corners of the world. With this comes great responsibility, and also great opportunity to make a positive difference to our stakeholders’ lives.

As well as managing the financial and technical risks that our organisation faces, we are committed to managing the sustainable development risks we face at every stage of our businesses’ life cycles. By maximising the societal, environmental and economic benefits of our activities – and minimising negative impacts – we optimise business value, gain and build our stakeholders’ trust, and support our licence to operate.

Insisting on a responsible approach to mineral development helps us gain and maintain our licence to operate. It provides confidence to all our stakeholders, enabling better access to the resources, people and capital we need, and enables us to bring long-lasting benefits to the places where we work.

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The nature of our business means we forge close relationships with the environment and our local communities. We are a significant employer, rate and taxpayer in Gladstone, and have invested significantly in infrastructure. We generate economic and social development through local procurement, job creation, training and skills transfer.

We support community programmes in a sustainable way by helping build local capacity, and we develop practical programmes for environmental management. But we also recognise that – if not managed properly – our operations can have a negative impact on society and the environment. This report highlights our performance in Gladstone over the last 12 months and the targets we have set to ensure we continue on our path of continuous improvement.

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