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Environment

Our environmental management team, guided by internationally recognised principles, including ISO 14001:2015, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the United Nations Global Compact, focuses on the execution of environmental initiatives aligned with Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategic objectives, vision and purpose.

Mechanisms to give effect to these principles are embedded in our systems and approaches to the environmental challenges we face. Environmental challenges are considered in our core business and compliance risk management plans. We proactively address compliance while simultaneously promoting greater environmental responsibility leveraging technologies.

We have integrated and aligned environmental functions across our SA operations in terms of our Vision 2020 environmental management strategy. In-depth alignment with the US PGM operations, although initiated, will conclude in 2019. The five pillars and focus areas of our Vision 2020 create value for all stakeholders. The strategy and structure of our environmental department, and the setting of strategic goals and objectives, and associated performance measures for 2018 and beyond, are premised on our Vision 2020.

PILLARS OF VISION 2020

  • Verifiable compliance

    • Understanding and implementation of, and verifiable compliance with, internal and external regulations
    • Meeting environmental standards and challenging where appropriate
  • Cost and risk management

    • Effective use of technology and innovation to deliver environmental purpose
    • Delivering administrative and contract management efficiencies
    • Optimal use of water resources and deployment of water conservation and demand management practices
  • Awareness, stewardship and communication

    • Aligning and adhering to internationally recognised policies, guidelines and principles to protect and grow environmental reputation
    • Influencing legislation and policy-making
    • Engaging in research, producing publications and contributing to knowledge
  • Environmental footprint management

    • Accurate determination and reporting of closure obligations and commitments
    • Responsible concurrent rehabilitation planning and execution
    • Effective socioeconomic closure planning
    • Designing and implementing strategies to reduce carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency
    • Responsible use and management of water resources
    • Proactive management of environmental risks to secure licence to operate
    • Proactive management of land, air and waste
  • Community engagement and buy-in

    • Engagement with key stakeholders and communities
    • Raising awareness of environmental issues to minimise impact on the environment