SUSTAINABILITY

Health

We are working to improve the health of our employees – by supporting their fitness as well as tackling public health issues such as malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Why this matters

Along with safety, health is a top priority for Glencore. By supporting our employees’ health, we can help support their long-term well-being – while supporting our ambition to become a health and safety leader in our industry and to create a workplace without fatalities, injuries or occupational diseases.

Our approach

Our Group health strategy promotes healthy workplaces, fitness for work and fitness for life.

We assess, monitor and control health risks to our people and host communities.

These risks may include moving heavy loads, noise, dust or substance-related hazards – which we manage and mitigate through measures such as:

  • Monitoring
  • Working with equipment suppliers on ergonomic machinery design
  • Seeking to minimise or eliminate harmful exposures at source

We want people’s physical capability to be compatible with the demands of their job.

To help achieve this, we conduct routine health monitoring across all of our sites. For example, we perform medicals and drug and alcohol testing; and we are also reviewing the role of fatigue in the workplace.  

In Australia, we support the Mates in Mining initiative, as part of the fight against depression and suicide.

We contribute to the well-being of our people and host communities.

Our assets run health and wellbeing initiatives designed to reflect the needs of their individual workforces. A number of our operations are located in regions with significant health challenges, ranging from malnutrition to HIV/AIDS and malaria. Our health programmes include the families of our workforce, while our community development activities feature a range of programmes that target broader regional public health issues.

Health programmes in Mopani, Zambia

HIV/AIDS

In southern Africa, HIV/AIDS is particularly prevalent.

In South Africa, we offer free testing, counselling and treatment to our workforce, along with education and awareness programmes in communities.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we have also supported the national HIV programme. We have helped with constructing new facilities, training medical staff, and awareness campaigns.

In Zambia, our HIV Care programme offers testing and treatment to employees, their dependants and the local community. It is aimed at increasing access to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and quality HIV-related care.

About 90% of global deaths from malaria occur in Africa, according to the WHO. We explain how we’re working to prevent and treat the disease.

Progress

We have continued to reduce the number of new cases of occupational disease:

48%

year-on-year decrease in new cases of occupational disease

93%

of assets saw no new cases of occupational disease in 2017

Principles we follow

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 3 and 8

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Principle 5

Principle 5: Pursue continual improvement in health and safety performance with the ultimate goal of zero harm

Next steps

We are committed to eliminating occupational diseases at all of our assets.

We will also update health risk assessments across our Group, based on leading practice at our assets.

We will also keep up with the latest knowledge in health and safety, through our involvement with organisations such as the ICMM.