We recognise the traditional rights and values of Indigenous Peoples and respect their cultural heritage.

We have implemented engagement programs consistent with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples and Mining, which commits us to respecting rights, having appropriate and meaningful engagement, and working to obtain free, prior and informed consent.

Our internal standards mandate that our operations have a process which, in line with legal and regulatory requirements, supports the preservation of cultural heritage. Some of our activities are located on or near the lands traditionally occupied by Indigenous Peoples and we provide cultural awareness and competency training for relevant employees.

Reconciliation in Australia

We are committed to reconciliation as it applies in the Australian context for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians. 

In FY18, we developed a formal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with the intent to cultivate meaningful and sustainable relationships with, and opportunities for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our RAP has been formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. 

We believe that recognition and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievement can contribute to the development of these relationships. The RAP includes steps to identify and remove any barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and business engagement. This signifies a meaningful and strategic step forward in our approach to working within communities in Australia. Click here to access our RAP.

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