Glencore publishes 2022 Sustainability Report
22 May 2023
Our 2022 Sustainability Report incorporates our ESG (environment, social and governance) data book, which aligns with the Global Reporting Index’s reporting requirements, and maps to the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) Mining Principles, the United Nation’s Global Compact’s principles and the reporting requirements of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Metals and Mining Sustainability Accounting Standard.
As in previous years, this year’s Sustainability Report focuses on those areas identified as material to Glencore, its assets and both its internal and external stakeholders. In addition to providing an overview of the approach, performance and activities during the year for each material topic, we include case studies on the work undertaken by our commodity departments to drive improved performance in our operations.
Kalidas Madhavpeddi, Chairman, notes “I am proud of the actions we are taking to progress our sustainability-related material topics.
“Climate continues to be an important topic for our stakeholders and one on which I look forward to continued engagement. Following the 2022 AGM, at which shareholders voted on the progress against our three-yearly Climate Action Transition Plan, we undertook an active engagement programme to understand better their views on our climate strategy.
“We have reflected carefully on the feedback received and will continue to engage with shareholders and other stakeholders, as well as monitor external market developments. Insights from this engagement have been and will continue to be factored into our internal deliberations.”
Gary Nagle, Chief Executive Officer, said “We recognise our ongoing responsibility to not only deliver financial performance but also make a positive contribution to society and create lasting benefits for stakeholders in a manner that is responsible, transparent and respects the rights of all.
“The successful implementation of our relaunched SafeWork framework in mid-2021 has been a key focus for our industrial assets and commodity departments. During 2022, we continued the SafeWork 2.0 implementation plan, with good progress being made Group-wide.
“We believe that the current rate of developing mining projects worldwide is unlikely to meet the demand that the transition will create. We believe that we are well placed to participate in bridging this gap in supply through the flexibility that exists in our business to respond to global needs.
In response to the growing demand for commodities, we are directing the majority of our capital expenditure, in large part funded through the earnings of our energy business, to fund the development of our transition metals portfolio.
We continue to responsibly manage down our energy production portfolio over time in line with our 2026 and 2035 emissions reduction targets and our 2050 net zero ambition.
“We recognise that our socio-economic contribution goes beyond local employment and procurement and the payment of taxes and royalties. We identify opportunities to partner with and contribute to the communities living near to our industrial assets. During 2022, we spent $90 million on community development programmes. This was a 33% increase on 2021, as community activities resumed following the easing of Covid-related restrictions, the inclusion of the Cerrejón coal industrial asset in Colombia, and a contribution to support humanitarian relief for the people of Ukraine.
“The strength of our diversified business model with its focus on metals and energy, has proved itself adept in a range of market conditions, giving us a solid foundation to successfully navigate shorter-term challenges that may arise, as well as meet the resource needs of the future.”
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Notes for Editors
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 commodities that advance everyday life. Through a network of assets, customers and suppliers that spans the globe, we produce, process, recycle, source, market and distribute the commodities that support decarbonisation while meeting the energy needs of today.
With around 140,000 employees and contractors and a strong footprint in over 35 countries in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, our marketing and industrial activities are supported by a global network of more than 40 offices.
Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, battery manufacturing and oil sectors. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities.
Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
We recognise our responsibility to contribute to the global effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement by decarbonising our own operational footprint. We believe that we should take a holistic approach and have considered our commitment through the lens of our global industrial emissions. Against a 2019 baseline, we are committed to reducing our Scope 1, 2 and 3 industrial emissions by 15% by the end of 2026, 50% by the end of 2035 and we have an ambition to achieve net zero industrial emissions by the end of 2050. For more detail see our 2022 Climate Report on the publication page of our website at .
The companies in which Glencore plc directly and indirectly has an interest are separate and distinct legal entities. In this document, “Glencore”, “Glencore group” and “Group” are used for convenience only where references are made to Glencore plc and its subsidiaries in general. These collective expressions are used for ease of reference only and do not imply any other relationship between the companies. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer collectively to members of the Group or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.