VALUES AND COMMITMENTs
We are a business that lives by our values of Care, Trust, Togetherness and Excellence, is socially and environmentally responsible and supports a better future for our communities. We focus on continuous improvement. We achieve this through our leaders and employees taking an integrated approach to decision making, focussing on the aspects that add value through the short to long-term. We believe that this has, and will continue to be, one of our competitive advantages.
We define stewardship as the responsible management of entrusted resources. We believe that we have a responsibility, to ourselves and to those around us, to leave our organisation, community and environment, both at the local and at the global level, in a better place as a result of our involvement. Stewardship covers the commodities we extract, the natural resources we use and the people we involve as employees and stakeholders.
At South32, we deliver shared value by identifying opportunities that create economic value, while also advancing the environmental and social outcomes of the communities and regions in which we operate.
The Sustainability Policy defines our social, environmental and economic principles behind our decision making. The statements made in the Sustainability Policy reference our commitment to human rights, empowering people to make choices, the core international standard to which we adhere and continuous environmental, safety and health performance improvement. The Policy also references a clear commitment to governance and transparency.
MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITMENTS
We are a member of the International Council on Metals and Mining (ICMM). We share ICMM’s commitment to driving social, economic and environmental progress. We are also aligned to the objectives in the United Nations Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
We are committed to reporting to the Global Reporting Initiative and also reporting in line with the CDP Climate Change and CDP Water.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 that seek to address the world’s greatest challenges. Through our sustainability approach and actions, we are helping to achieve progress on a number of SDG targets underneath the following SDG goals.