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Anglo American has become the first UK company to commit to the United Nations Women/United Nations Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Increasing numbers of women are rising to senior positions in the mining sector. This trend, which is strongly encouraged within Anglo American, is reflected at our Kumba Iron Ore business, where the percentage of women employed has more than tripled from 411 in 2005 (under 4.5% of the total workforce) to 1,048 in 2011 (16.6% of the workforce).

For construction giant Stefanutti Stocks, building 2,000 homes at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in the Northern Cape of South Africa would normally represent a straightforward development. But this project isn’t just about building a town, it’s about building a future.

A thriving industry depends on a steady intake of new talent. For that reason, the Australian government’s Resourcing the Future report was cause for concern. The 2010 report predicted a major and growing shortfall of qualified tradespeople across the Australian construction, gas and mining industries, unless employers acted quickly to bridge the skills gap.

When we talk about women in mining, we are not just referring to our female employees. At Anglo American we look at the broader picture, which means understanding the vital role women play in every facet of our business.

Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine is one of the world’s largest open pit mines and one of the most significant contributors to the economy of South Africa’s Northern Cape province. In December 2011, employees received a significant pay-out as part of a landmark empowerment deal.

Our Barro Alto nickel project, located in the rural state of Goiás in Brazil, promises not only to be one of our largest operations in terms of commodity production, it also represents one of the most significant community engagement projects we have ever undertaken. As the local population and economy have rapidly grown, our team has worked continuously alongside host communities and a range of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to build lasting economic prosperity and develop sustainable community development.

The lives of children at three orphanages near our Kriel operations in South Africa have been transformed following dedicated fundraising and support provided by the Anglo American Information Management (IM) team. Based in London and Johannesburg, the team has raised $30,000 to date to renovate infrastructure, provide medical supplies and educational resources and enhance the children’s day-to-day lives.

We believe that human dignity, privacy and family life are essential to achieving real transformation. That is why we have made significant strides in improving the housing and living conditions of our employees.

Our Platinum business is implementing a $480 million community development transaction aimed at providing equity ownership to communities around four of its operations. The company has been exploring ways of enhancing and optimising the benefits that accrue to mine host communities at its Mogalakwena, Dishaba/Tumela (formerly Amandelbult), Twickenham and Rustenburg mines and extending these benefits to include areas that are the sources of labour for the business’s mines.

When disasters strike, communities pull together; it’s human nature. And so it proved when Chile – home of our copper business – was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in February 2010. Large parts of the country were affected, homes were destroyed, livelihoods ruined and an infrastructure lay in tatters. The recovery time would be extensive.

Moranbah in Queensland is a major focus of Anglo American’s future investment in Australia and a key component of the Group’s global portfolio of premium growth projects. A $2.7 billion growth plan will see the development of two underground longwall mines, Grosvenor and Moranbah South, over the next 10 years, with 2,000 new jobs to be created over the next five years.

Our exploration work takes us to some extremely isolated locations – like the western Musgraves region in the central Australian desert. Explorers are often the first point of contact with local communities and it is the relationships they build that are critical to the successful development of new mines.

The communities of Catuné and Água Santa de Minas in Brazil, have struggled for decades to receive healthy drinking water.

When Kgagiso Montoeli, from Jelly Corner, struggled to find investment for his new business venture, it was Zimele that saw the potential and provided the funding.

Anglo Coal South Africa’s Mafube colliery has donated over 200 hectares of land to the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality in Mpumalanga province for the establishment of a village to resettle 450 families who currently reside on commercial farms and on land earmarked for future mining activity.

The area around our Sishen mine, situated in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, faces many socio-economic challenges, including poverty, and a desperate need for educational and infrastructural development, housing and healthcare.

An exciting development in 2011 was the launch in November of the Zimele Green Fund. The fund, which forms part of our broader Zimele initiative, will help support businesses that mitigate carbon, reduce energy and water consumption, and improve waste and emissions management.

Anglo Platinum has been undertaking consultation on a resettlement of the Motlhotlo communities in the Limpopo province of South Africa so as to accommodate the expansion of the Mogalakwena mine. This involves resettling almost 10,000 people from 957 households.

Kumba Iron Ore is helping women in its neighbouring districts to play a meaningful role in uplifting their communities

Through the Tshipi skills training centre, Kumba Iron Ore has helped equip almost 3,000 members of the community surrounding its Sishen mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape with a range of practical skills.

In 2004, Chilean entrepreneur Ismael Maturana started Tecnoseal, a small company that manufactures and maintains hydraulic and pneumatic components for machinery.

Sishen Mine's Tshono leather craft and tannery project has progressed within a few years from a subsidised, struggling, start-up operation to a self-sustaining private business with money in the bank.

One of the most important building blocks for skills development is ensuring that unskilled workers are functionally literate and numerate.

De Beers' Saturday School programme, which began in 1997, grew out of a conversation between employees who noticed literacy problems in the secondary education of their children.

The town of Woorabinda is the nearest aboriginal community to Anglo Coal Australia's Dawson Mine. It is also, traditionally, a local centre for woodworking.

Using Anglo American's socio-economic assessment toolbox (SEAT) has opened up new channels of communication with stakeholder communities in the Brazilian state of Goias.


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