We acknowledge the human right to water access and use a catchment-based approach to our water planning which considers all relevant stakeholders.

Water availability is being affected by a combination of climate change, population growth, infrastructure planning and land use change. We are working with our communities and other stakeholders to achieve water security for our operations and address water issues within the catchments where we operate.

We have a holistic approach towards water management centred on promoting better water use, effective catchment management and improved water security, working towards catchment-level water stewardship. This is achieved by:

  • Maintaining water balances for all operations
  • Maintaining water resource forecasts in our business planning process
  • Undertaking water resource risk and opportunity analyses, which considers both operational and broader catchment aspects

We recognise the significance of water-related risks to our business and to the community. We are shifting the way we think about water to a long-term, catchment-wide planning approach integrated across all areas of our business.

To achieve water security for our operations, and address potential water issues within the catchments where we operate, each operation is required to carry out a water risk and opportunity analysis process every two years. A pre-screening tool captures water-related information for every operation. A multidisciplinary team then analyses the information to identify any water-related risks and potential opportunities that would benefit the operation and the broader catchment area.

Four of our operations (Mozal, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal, South Africa Aluminium & Worsley Alumina) have water-related material risks which we continue to manage, more information can be found here.

ICMM position statement on water stewardship

As a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), we were pleased to play a role in the development of the Council’s Position Statement on Water Stewardship. We are committed to meeting its goals, and have updated our internal standards & processes strengthening our approach to water stewardship including:

  • Strong and transparent corporate water governance
  • Effective water operations management
  • Working with others to achieve responsible and sustainable water use

One of the key commitments of the Position Statement is to set context-based targets or objectives. We are committed to establishing these for our operations with material water-related risks. The term ‘context-based’ acknowledges that local risks and considerations are specific to each water catchment, as are the timeframes to implement actions.

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Partnerships for progress

Our South Africa Energy Coal operation is working with partners to manage water risk.

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Improving access to water supplies

Our Hillside operation has launched a Water Harvesting Project to support the provision of water services.

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Helping overcome drought

We're working with the local community of Mozambique, South Africa to provide support through tough times.

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