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Sustainable development

Anglo American formally embarked on a sustainable development journey at the beginning of this decade, which includes a commitment to sustainable development in its Good Citizenship: Our Business Principles business principles. The Company’s goal is to maximise the positive contributions it can make, alongside governments and society, to build a more sustainable future and to reduce the negative impacts of its operations.

Sustainable development principles are part of the Company’s key benchmarks. They challenge the organisation to:

  • be an efficient, ethical and value creating business;
  • create meaningful employment in safe, healthy environments;
  • reduce its environmental footprint and contribute to biodiversity management;
  • innovate and drive technology and process improvement; and
  • contribute to building more adaptable and sustainable societies.

In 2008, the Group articulated a set of guiding values, which were founded on those developed within its business units. They are safety, care and respect, integrity, accountability, collaboration and innovation.

A number of important Anglo American documents, policies and guidelines were updated during 2008. These include the Anglo Fatal Risk Standards, the Anglo Environmental Performance Standards and the Sustainable Development and the Supply Chain policy and related guidelines.