Anglo American has launched a new sustainability strategy that outlines its goals for community development, environment and improving trust and transparency within the mining industry by 2030.
The strategy is part of Anglo American’s FutureSmart Mining initiative, which focuses on sustainable mining through innovation.
“If Anglo American is to play its part in creating a sustainable future for the world and improving the lives of all of us who live here, then we must be prepared to challenge our business and ourselves, by re-imagining mining,” said Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American.
The company’s goals for 2030 include the creation of five offsite jobs for every onsite job; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater abstraction by 30 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively; and improving energy emissions by 30 per cent.
In addition, Anglo American is also aiming to ensure all schools in its host communities will be among the top 20 per cent of performing state schools in the country.
Cutifani explained that delivery on these commitments would transform the way Anglo American did business.
“Keeping our people and the environment safe, supporting excellent education, and using our unique approach of collaborative regional development to further enhance our ability to provide truly sustainable benefits for our host communities present a different picture of the future of mining,” he said.
“The financial benefits to our business by 2030 are expected to be significant, including from substantially reduced energy and water costs.”