Our approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in conjunction with our purpose, business and sustainability strategies and risks – to better understand how we can work alongside governments, civil society and others to pursue meaningful impact on development. We decided a focus on the two goals – SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) – that we feel are most relevant to operating our business responsibly.
SDG 12 relates to how we – as a custodian of natural and mineral resources – mine, process and produce materials and contribute to ethical global supply chains, including trusted lifecycle assessments. This SDG builds on our existing health, safety, environment and community performance standards and our membership of responsible production and product stewardship programmes, including the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Copper Mark, the International Council on Mining and Metal’s Performance Expectations, the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining.
SDG 8 speaks directly to our values and priorities, including our commitments to creating a safe and inclusive working environment, as well as promoting education and training partnerships that support social and economic development, including by helping to develop skills for the future. We are committed to supporting underrepresented groups; in particular, we seek to ensure Traditional Owners and Indigenous peoples have a stronger voice in the decisions that affect their lands.
In our business, efforts to further these two ‘lead’ goals are naturally supplemented by efforts to further several other ‘supporting’ goals. These are also strongly aligned with our sustainable development and business drivers – climate action, water, gender diversity, health and wellbeing, reduced inequalities, innovation and quality education, and environment.
SDG 17 (partnerships for goals) reflects our approach to sustainability and is fundamental to the way we run our business. We work purposefully with technology partners, local suppliers, governments, community groups, industry leaders and NGOs at all stages of the mining lifecycle to deliver real benefits to all our token holders.