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Our broad approach to sustainability is consistent with the principles and requirements of a range of regulatory and voluntary commitments.

Launched in September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 ambitious goals dedicated to improving the wellbeing of present and future generations. The SDGs aim to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through the promotion of sustainable development. As a global company, many of these sustainable development challenges are clearly evident to us around the world.

In addition to the role the resources we produce play in improving the quality of life of billions of people around the world, we contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs in three ways:

  1. Firstly, through our direct business activities – the products we produce and the way we produce them.
  2. Secondly, through the use by host governments of the taxes and royalties we pay, the direct and indirect employment of our workforce and our supply chain.
  3. And thirdly, through our voluntary social investment.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our position

We play an important role in developing economies and improving standards of living. As part of making a valuable contribution as community partners, we seek meaningful long-term relationships that respect local cultures and create lasting benefits. Where possible, we employ local people, purchase local goods and services and support broader regional and national economies by paying taxes and royalties.

Through a collaborative approach, we work with communities to identify social needs and existing resources through which we can build our social investment. We then partner with appropriate organisations to deliver community projects, using a strong and consistent process to monitor progress and performance.

Our priorities

Understanding communities

  • Defining host community boundaries
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Conducting social baseline studies
  • Assessing social impacts and opportunities
  • Understanding the local human rights context and associated impacts
  • Working with local people to identify and secure Indigenous cultural heritage

Comprehensive planning

  • Stakeholder Engagement Management Plan
  • Human Rights Management Plan
  • Complaints and grievance mechanisms
  • Social Investment Framework
  • Community Development Management Plan
  • Local Procurement Plan
  • Indigenous Peoples Policy Statement

Effective Implementation

  • Culturally aware staff
  • Inclusive and culturally appropriate decision making and engagement
  • Collaborative management of community partner performance
  • Robust governance frameworks and community partner due diligence for social investment activities
  • Immediate response to community incidents

Monitoring performance

  • Community perception surveys
  • Complaints and grievance data tracking and analysis
  • Community incident analysis and reporting
  • Research and benchmarking
  • Consistent monitoring and evaluation
  • Annual independent verification of data and social performance

Our approach to supporting communities is guided by Our Requirements for Community standard (PDF 290 kb). This requires all our operations to implement mandatory actions to ensure we understand our host communities, effectively plan and implement our commitments and measure our performance. Importantly, our Social Investment Framework aligns strongly with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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