We are members of a range of commodity, business and industry associations. The following organisations assist us to further improve our sustainability performance, as well as enabling our contribution to wider industry initiatives.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry. The membership is led by CEOs and currently stands at 23 mining and metals companies as well as 35 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations.
Through our involvement with ICMM, we support continual improvement at the industry level, as well as helping to ensure that the leading companies are working together to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.
In 2002, ICMM adopted 10 principles for sustainable development, which encompass issues relating to environmental stewardship, the role of mining and metals in society, and human well-being. ICMM also develop and publish Position Statements, which member companies commit to following to as part of the membership commitments.
These principles and position statements have been incorporated in our Sustainability Policy, Code of Business Conduct and internal Standards of performance. Adherence to these principles and position statements are assessed as part of our annual third-party assurance process.
Our membership of ICMM also provides engagement and support for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the commitment to reporting transparently according to this mechanism.
The Carbon Market Institute (CMI) is an independent membership-based not-for-profit organisation. CMI has established a role in the evolution of the carbon market in Australia. CMI works with Federal and State Government to ensure effective implementation of policy and facilitates the networks, knowledge exchange and commercial interaction amongst key Government policy makers, regulators and different sectors of industry.
In FY17, as part of the Nickel Institute’s working group to promote and support the use of nickel in appropriate applications, we contributed to creating a Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) for the Nickel production process. This process identifies all relevant inputs and outputs per unit of production and is the first and essential step in the Life Cycle Assessment. The nickel LCI data will be incorporated into life cycle assessments of products which contain nickel. This will allow any potential impact on environments and human health to be assessed and managed.
Through its membership of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), the Nickel Institute and the Manganese International Institute, we aim to promote the use of these metals in sustainable applications. We take part in initiatives run through these groups, which include lifecycle assessment and improvements in product stewardship and safety.
We support the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. The Principles from these define our governance structures and are included in our Sustainability Policy, Code of Business Conduct and associated internal standards.