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By their very nature, mining activities impact the natural environment. They also present both potential social benefits and risks for local communities. Yet it is possible for mining to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable over the long term and we believe our approach to mining is achieving long-term sustainability. In addition, the products we mine provide society with basic materials needed for economic development. Many are recycled and reused. Our use of the resources we mine and the raw materials we require in order to operate is efficient and responsible. Our activities and investments are creating lasting social and economic benefit for both the communities and the countries in which we operate.
ARM is committed to identifying, understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of our activities. We also identify our impacts on the communities in which we operate and work closely with communities and governments to ensure they enjoy the social benefits our operations can provide and that any risks are mitigated.
This report meets application level A+ of the GRI G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, including the Mining and Metals sector supplement. It also meets with the member requirements of the ICMM.
ARM became a member of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September 2009 because it shares the ICMM vision of a respected mining and metals industry which is widely recognised as essential for society and a key contributor to sustainable development. The ICMM is a CEO-led organisation representing some of the world’s largest mining, minerals and metals companies as well as regional, national and commodity associations.
ARM has participated in and met the requirements of the JSE Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index for the past four years. The Index offers a platform to recognise listed companies that incorporate sustainability principles into their everyday business practices and is a tool which investors can use to assess companies on a broader base.
ARM participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project 2011: South Africa JSE 100 in response to the CDP’s challenge for companies to measure and report on their carbon emissions. This was a learning process which will serve as a foundation for improvement.
The recently released Carbon Disclosure Project Report for South Africa confirms that businesses in this country are becoming increasingly committed to anticipating and responding to climate change issues with improvements in performance and disclosure by most organisations across almost all the CDP indicators. Read full release
As a member of the ICMM, ARM also subscribes to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a global standard that promotes revenue transparency and the management of revenues from natural resources. The aim of the EITI is to strengthen governance which prevents the exploitation of natural resources by improving transparency and accountability in the extractives sector.
For more information on the ARM Sustainable Development Report please contact:
Executive: Sustainable Development
African Rainbow Minerals Limited
PO Box 786136, Sandton, 2146, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 11 779 1545
Facsimile: +27 (0) 86 575 9024