Our operations produce materials that contribute directly to the growth of cities and communities across the world and are crucial to the economic and social development of society. In doing so, we appreciate that we have a responsibility to minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of our products.
Similarly, as one of the largest global shippers of bulk commodities, we recognise that an important part of our supply chain relies on the safe, efficient and reliable transportation of our products.
We are committed to implementing the International Council of Mining and Metals Sustainable Development Framework, which requires us to facilitate and encourage responsible design, use, reuse, recycling and disposal of our products throughout the supply chain. Our approach includes:
- ensuring that through management systems and internal audit processes, we assess, prevent or mitigate potential environmental, health and safety risks to our people and communities;
- working wherever possible with those involved in the life cycles of our products to enhance environmental performance throughout the supply chain and to promote responsible use of our products;
- conducting risk-based screening of our transportation providers to select those who share our commitment to sustainable supply chain management;
- engaging in product stewardship initiatives, including the Steel Stewardship Forum, the European Copper Institute and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association;
- conducting research to support energy-efficient and productive utilisation of our products; and
- engaging with our customers directly via technical collaborations and publications.
Following a rigorous internal audit in FY2015 across all relevant commodities, we continue to monitor Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations covering the importation of chemical substances into the European Union to ensure ongoing compliance.
The transport of uranium product is overseen by the Australian Government through the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office. As a member of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), our product stewardship activities range from participating in national and international stewardship programs, to allowing our customers to audit our health, safety, environment and community (HSEC) activities in line with the WNA Sustainability Checklist. This includes supporting the safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology and promoting sustainable development for the industry.