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What we’re aiming for

The future of sustainable mining

Mining must transform in the decades ahead, starting now.

Our industry must address critical challenges of safety, productivity, and the way we use land, energy, and water. As our global population grows, this leads to a greater demand for minerals and metals, core components of products and services that are essential to human progress.

But it’s about more than just the work we do and the footprint we leave. We are part of people’s lives. People who demand and deserve more than just high product quality. Modern society rightly expects the mining industry to make a positive contribution to socio-economic development while reducing its environmental footprint and supporting biodiversity.

Our definition of sustainability

A sustainable business is purposeful, competitive, resilient and agile –it’s a business that thrives through both economic and social cycles.

By understanding the context and listening to stakeholders we stay ahead of evolving trends and provide the solutions to societal expectations. By solving the physical challenges of mining through restless innovation, and by constantly searching for more responsible ways to do business, we are changing the way our employees and stakeholders experience our business – creating enduring value for all stakeholders.

FutureSmart MiningTM

A blueprint for future success

Our Purpose is to re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives.

Central to living up to our Purpose is our FutureSmart MiningTM programme - our innovation-led pathway to sustainable mining. It is our blueprint for the future of our business. A future in which broad, innovative thinking, enabling technologies, and collaborative partnerships will shape an industry that is safer, more sustainable and efficient, and better harmonised with the needs of our host communities and society.

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How we’ll get there

Our Sustainable Mining Plan is integral to FutureSmart MiningTM

We have developed a Sustainable Mining Plan that will foster innovation and deliver step change results across the entire mining value chain, from mineral discovery right through to marketing.

Our Sustainable Mining Plan is designed specifically to drive business efficiencies, resilience and agility. It will ensure that we deliver outstanding sustained business results across all seven of our pillars of value, without compromise – safety, environment, social, people, production, cost/margin, and returns/financial. Sustainability is at the heart of our decision-making – it is how we do business.

We have developed our Sustainable Mining Plan through extensive internal and external engagement and analysis of critical opportunities and risks, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our approach 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.

Our Global Sustainability Pillars

Our Sustainable Mining Plan is built around three major areas or Global Sustainability Pillars aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and we have a set Global Stretch Goals relating to each of them:

Trusted corporate leader

Developing trust as a corporate leader, providing ethical value chains and improved accountability to the communities we work with.

Healthy Environment

Maintaining a healthy environment by creating waterless, carbon, neutral mines and delivering positive biodiversity outcomes.

Thriving Communities

Building thriving communities with better health, education and levels of employment.

These Global Stretch Goals are deliberately ambitious and designed to challenge us to lead and innovate. We’re putting all our efforts into delivering them between now and 2030.

Critical foundations

We are raising the bar when it comes to sustainability. But to do that we need to make sure we operate all aspects of our business responsibly. That's why the Sustainable Mining Plan is underpinned by our Critical Foundations.

Critical foundation

These form the common and minimum requirements for each of our operations and our business as a whole. The Critical Foundations are essential to the long-term credibility and success of both the Sustainable Mining Plan and our social licence to operate.

Collaborative Regional Development

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.

Inspired by the Development Partner Framework, 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.

From global to local: five-year bespoke plans

All regions face unique challenges and delivering our global goals requires local action.

From Limpopo in South Africa to Sakatti in Finland, our sites have specific needs. To meet them, each of our operating sites will develop their own bespoke, five-year plans.

These plans will be flexible and responsive to an operation’s local context, priorities and opportunities, but aligned to our three Global Sustainability Pillars, stretch goals and targets.

Supporting documents

Our comprehensive set of policies, standards and principles ensure that we uphold the commitments we make to our stakeholders and work towards a common set of ambitions.


Group Water Policy


Climate Change: Our plans, policies and progress (2019)


Group Climate Change Policy


Safety & health

The Safety, Health and Environment [SHE] Way – English


The Safety, Health and Environment [SHE] Way – Spanish


The Safety, Health and Environment [SHE] Way – Portuguese


Anglo American Group HIV/AIDS Policy


The Anglo American Safety Golden Rules


The Anglo American Fatal Risk Standards



Group Business Integrity Policy – English


Group Business Integrity Policy – Portuguese


Group Business Integrity Policy – Spanish


Group Whistleblowing Policy – English


Group Whistleblowing Policy – Portuguese


Group Whistleblowing Policy – Spanish


Human Rights Policy – English


Human Rights Policy – Portuguese


Human Rights Policy – Spanish


Anglo American Social Way

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2015 Annual Report) - English


Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2016 Annual Report) - English


Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2017 Annual Report) - English


Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2018 Annual Report) – English


Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2019 Annual Report) – English



Our Responsible Sourcing Standard for Suppliers


Supply Chain Local Procurement Policy – English


Supply Chain Local Procurement Policy – Portuguese


Supply Chain Local Procurement Policy – Spanish


Our Code of Conduct – English*


Our Code of Conduct – Portuguese*


Our Code of Conduct – Spanish*