Sustainable development

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Approach and policies

Sustainable development touches on every aspect of our business, from the moment we identify a possible exploration site all the way to a mine’s eventual closure. We believe that maximizing shareholder value over the long term is best achieved through an intelligent regard for all our stakeholders, and by acting with integrity and responsibility.

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Our approach

Anglo American aims to be the leading global mining company – the investment, the partner and the employer of choice – through the operational excellence of world-class assets in the most attractive commodities and a resolute commitment to the highest standards of safe and sustainable mining.

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Integrated sustainable development

Safety and sustainable development issues are recognised as key value drivers within Anglo American. Our organisational structure aims to facilitate the delivery of performance effectiveness to outperform the competition, while operating safely and responsibly is embedded in everything we do.

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Transparency and ethics

In our Business Principles, we commit to the highest levels of ethical conduct and transparency. Our Business Principles outline the expectations we have of our employees and our associates; our stance on corruption; and our approach to transparency, anti-competitive behaviour, business assurance, and securities trading.

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Human rights

Human rights are not just an abstract principle. They must form part of everyday commercial and industrial practice. That's why for Anglo American, the safeguarding of human rights is increasingly becoming a condition for doing business.

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Policies, standards and commitments

Our commitment to safety and sustainable development includes ensuring that we act consistently across the Group in relation to safety, health and the environment.

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Partnerships and collaboration

We work with international organisations, and are signatories to a number of global commitments, on a range of issues from health to human rights.

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