FutureSmart MiningTM: Sustainable Mining Plan
Anglo American has long shown itself to be a leader across many fields and such leadership is called for again as society changes with and around us. Mining must play its part to address the environmental challenges of a carbon-constrained world and society’s wider expectations of us as enablers of change, while we continue to meet the ever-growing demand for our products.
Our Sustainable Mining Plan is designed to tackle many of these challenges, both environmental and social, and we are making encouraging progress that is changing how our employees and stakeholders experience Anglo American, in line with our Purpose.
Central to living up to our Purpose is our FutureSmart Mining? programme, bringing together step-change innovation in technology, digitalisation and sustainability – working hand in hand towards sustainable mining. This is a different way of thinking that is beginning to transform the nature and experience of mining – how we discover, mine, process, move and market our products – and how we can make a positive difference to improve people’s lives.
Our far-reaching and ambitious Sustainable Mining Plan, launched in 2018 as part of FutureSmart Mining?, is built around three major areas or Global Sustainability Pillars, which are aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:
- Developing trust as a corporate leader, providing ethical value chains, policy advocacy and improved accountability.
- Building thriving communities with better health, education and levels of employment; and
- Maintaining a healthy environment that use less water and deliver positive biodiversity outcomes, ultimately moving us closer to our vision of a carbon neutral mine.
Under each of the Global Sustainability Pillars we have a set of stretch goals. We’re putting all our efforts into delivering them between now and 2030. Some of our 2030 goals include: schools in host communities to perform within the top 20% of state schools nationally, five jobs created off-site for every job on-site, and reduce net GHG emissions by 30%.
These Global Stretch Goals are deliberately ambitious and designed to challenge us to lead and innovate.
At the heart of our Sustainable Mining Plan is Collaborative Regional Development, our model for bringing long-term sustainable development opportunities to the regions around our operations.
This innovative approach starts by identifying socio-economic development opportunities with the greatest potential in a region via spatial planning and analysis.
This creates the catalyst for partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders including: community representatives, faith groups, businesses and entrepreneurs, government, academics and NGOs.
By working with partners, we are delivering on our commitment to building the foundations for long-term, sustainable development in our host regions, far beyond the life of the mine.
Our approach to sustainability goes far beyond compliance with mining law or regulatory requirements. It comprises mutually reinforcing elements that will positively transform how our stakeholders experience our business, both locally and globally, and ultimately leave a much-reduced physical footprint.