We recognise access to safe and clean water and sanitation as a human right. Water is a shared and finite resource. We aim to preserve water sources, protect the waterways we use and support access to high-quality water.
Why this matters
Through good water management, we minimise our impact on water resources – for the benefit of local water users and ourselves.
By improving our water efficiency, we reduce our impact on local water supplies, especially in areas where supply is under stress.
We seek to understand our impact on the environment – using what we learn to minimise our impacts on water sources and the shared use of water.
To achieve this, we work with local water users, host communities and governments.
Through our Group water strategy, we aim to:
- Identify and assess our material water impacts, risks and opportunities
- Improve our understanding of our water footprint
- Develop and implement water management plans covering each of our assets' lifecycles – to avoid, minimise or mitigate the impacts and risks
- Improve our water management performance, including identifying and setting water-related targets
- Ongoing engagement with significant stakeholders, and public reporting on our progress.
To minimise any potential water-related impacts from our operations and provide fair and equitable access for all water users.
Investing in community water schemes
Through investment in water-related programmes such as wells or filtration plants, we help communities gain access to high-quality water.
We recognise access to water as a fundamental human right.
It is essential to our operating processes and we support equitable access to water through working with all our regional water users.
Managing water-related risks
Through effective risk management, we help maintain the quantity and quality of the water bodies we use and preserve waterways we use for transporting commodities. Our water-related risk management ensures an adequate identification and mitigation of potential risks.
How we manage water in Ulan, Australia
Our water balance
We constantly seek to improve our understanding of our water footprint; this underpins our water management strategy.
We are working to enhance the “water balance” at our assets – that is, the water we consume, the amount we withdraw from various sources, and where it goes – to support improvements in our monitoring, reporting and water management.