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SUSTAINABILITY

ESG A-Z

Focus areas
Air emissions

All of our operations are required to obtain and comply with regulatory approved air quality limits and approvals, supported by routine monitoring and trends analysis, wherever we operate. 

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Artisanal and small-scale mining

We believe artisanal and small-scale mining can co-exist alongside large-scale mining when carried out responsibly and transparently.

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Auditing and assurance

Our sustainability assurance processes support the management’s assessment of risk and provide assurance on the key mitigation controls.

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Biodiversity

Mining activities directly impact the surrounding land, flora and fauna throughout the lifecycle; our goal is to minimise and manage those impacts.

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Board oversight

Final responsibility for sustainability lies at Board level, with our Health, Safety, Environment and Communities Committee. 

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Carbon capture

We are supporting research into the potential of technologies such as carbon capture, utilisation and storage to investigate ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel use.

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Catastrophic hazards

We define catastrophic hazards as events that – though unlikely – could cause widespread loss of life, or significant environmental harm, resulting also in major reputational or financial damage.

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Certification

As we rely on the application and assurance of our own HSEC management framework, we do not insist that our assets undergo third party certification.

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Child labour

We recognise the risks of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and other labour standards violations within our supply chains.

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Climate change

We believe the global response to climate change should limit temperatures in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including universal access to affordable energy.

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Closure

We require each asset to have a closure plan, including progressive rehabilitation and financial provision, to support a responsible exit.

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Communities

We bring economic benefits to the countries where we work – by employing people, buying goods and services, paying taxes and royalties, and investing in infrastructure.

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Complaints

All our operations are required to have in place local-level complaints and grievance processes that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent and rights-compatible.

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Covid-19

We have formulated our Covid-19response in partnership with our expert medical advisors, taking into account government advice and global bodies such as the WHO. 

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Cultural heritage

Some of our assets are located on or near the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. We appreciate and respect the importance of their cultural heritage and seek to avoid, or where avoidance is not possible, minimise impacts from our operations and activities on places, items or other aspects of historical and cultural significance.

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Diversity and inclusion

We believe that employing people from different cultures, countries, races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, beliefs and backgrounds is essential to our culture.

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Emergency response planning

We require each asset to identify potential emergencies at or adjacent to their operations and to develop an appropriate Emergency Response Plan.

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Emissions

All of our operations are required to obtain and comply with regulatory approved air quality limits and approvals, supported by routine monitoring and trends analysis, wherever we operate.

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Environment

We develop and implement robust management systems for land and biodiversity, air emissions, energy, water and waste. 

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Environmental incidents

We develop and implement robust management systems for land and biodiversity, air emissions, energy, water and waste.

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ESG rating agencies

We recognise the value of objective benchmarking of our performance against peers, and support efforts by environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating agencies to do so.

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Ethics

We seek to maintain a culture of ethical behaviour and compliance throughout the Group, rather than simply performing the minimum required by laws and regulations.

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External standards

We participate in a wider range of external initiatives, including global, national and regional organisations.

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Forced labour

We recognise the risks of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and other labour standards violations within our supply chains. 

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Gender

We believe that employing people from different cultures, countries, races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, beliefs and backgrounds is essential to our culture.

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Governance

Our Board health, safety, environment, and community and human rights committee oversees sustainability at Glencore.

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Grievance mechanisms

All our operations are required to have in place local-level complaints and grievance processes that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent and rights-compatible.

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Health

We work to improve not just our peoples’ health and wellbeing, but that of our host communities.

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HIV/AIDS

A key part of operating responsibly is to work with government, NGOs and other stakeholders to support the health and wellbeing of our host communities. 

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Human rights

We are committed to respecting human rights. We actively support our employees, business partners and others to understand and meet our standards and expectations. 

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Indigenous people

We align our approach to Indigenous people with the ICMM’s Position Statement on Indigenous People and Mining.

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Industrial relations

We recognise and uphold the rights of our workforce to a safe workplace, freedom of association, collective representation, collective bargaining, just compensation, job security and development opportunities.

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Joint ventures

Along with our JV partners, we influence these assets to adopt appropriate operational and governance standards that reflect those of Glencore and the other JV partners. 

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Land management

We implement land stewardship and biodiversity plans throughout our assets’ lifecycles, which we often develop in collaboration with local stakeholders.

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Lobbying

We develop and maintain constructive relationships with the governments of our operating countries.

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Local employment

Employment is one of the most direct opportunities for us to support the local development of our host countries.

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Local procurement

We use local suppliers whenever we can, to reduce our costs and provide our host communities with alternative employment opportunities.

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Member organisations

We carry out an annual review of the positions and advocacy activities undertaken by those organisations in which we hold membership.

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Nature reserves

Our assets incorporate biodiversity considerations into their environmental impact assessments, along with any risks that our biodiversity impact may have for local communities. 

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Our approach

Our sustainability framework is the primary vehicle for the collection and reporting of sustainability risks, opportunities and performance to inform our business strategy. 

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Our people

Our ambition is to be recognised as a top employer in all of our operating regions and to foster an environment that supports and encourages different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.

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Partnerships

We participate in a wider range of external initiatives, including global, national and regional organisations.

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Rehabilitation

A core component of our operations’ lifecycle is progressive rehabilitation.

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Remuneration

Currently, we apply sustainability-related KPIs for our asset-level management.

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Reports

We publish a range of publications on our approach and progress in our sustainability-related activities.

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Resettlement

We seek to avoid resettlement wherever possible. When unavoidable, we follow the principles of IFC Performance Standard 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement.

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Responsible sourcing and supply

We responsibly source the commodities that advance everyday life through providing safe and quality-assured materials that meet regulatory requirements and industry standards, across the whole supply chain. 

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Risk management

Our sustainability risk management framework aligns with global standards, and helps identify hazards and ways to eliminate, manage or mitigate them.

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Safety

We are committed to operating safely and believe all fatalities, occupational diseases and injuries at work are preventable.

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Security

We work with security providers in accordance with the Voluntary Principles and our own Security Standard.

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Stakeholder engagement

We aim to engage in an open and transparent manner that supports the successful running of our business.

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Supply chain due diligence

Our customers are increasingly seeking assurance that their own supply chains do not have any links to human rights abuses.

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Tailings

We are committed to aligning the design, operation and closure of our TSFs with international best practices.

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Tax

We pay all relevant taxes, royalties and other levies in amounts determined by the legislation of relevant national, regional or local governments.

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Transparency

We are committed to high standards of corporate governance and transparency.

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Turnover

Our success relies on our ability to attract, develop and retain the best talent, at every level.

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Waste

We work to minimise the impact of the waste our activities produce.  We focus on the need to store waste safely, particularly mineral waste and tailings. 

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Water

We recognise that access to safe, clean water and sanitation is a human right and we aim to minimise our water-related impacts and protect the water sources we share.

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Whistle-blowing

Our Raising Concerns platform supports the reporting of concerns in various languages in a secure manner.

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Workforce

Our ambition is to be recognised as a top employer in all of our operating regions and to foster an environment that supports and encourages different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.

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