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Approach and policies

How we’ll make a difference that lasts

We’ve promised to create sustainable value that makes a real difference for all our stakeholders.

That’s no easy route. It lies between increasing demand and finite supply, on the frontline of human and environmental impact. And it begins with a business that’s all about real people and the places that define them.

We’ve set out a roadmap for fulfilling our promise and, by 2025, we’ll work with governments, NGOs and other partners to achieve lasting change in our industry.

To get there we must turn our stakeholders into partners for the future, by proving we can be trusted to do the right thing every time.


By looking closely at practical issues we’ve found some real opportunities to make a difference that align closely to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals – of which we are a recognised supporting organisation.

  • We can tackle disease and improve quality of life by investing further in health and safety, while taking steps to grow talent and engagement among everyone who works with us.
  • We can stand up for the rights of those who live where we operate, while helping bring stability by upholding our standards.
  • We can build infrastructure and support regional development in the places where we operate, 86% of which are in developing countries.
  • We can do more to bring much needed water and sanitation to communities through our mining. And we can work harder to address climate change by finding new ways to reduce our carbon impact.

Human rights principles guide how we tackle these issues and inform our values as a business. Our commitment to human rights is expressed in the Anglo American Human Rights Policy, our Human Rights Framework, through our status as a signatory to both the United Nations Global Compact – where we publicly report on our activities annually in our Communication on Progress (COP) – and Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), and by our support of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


Everyone’s a stakeholder in the sustainable value we promise to create.

But, some have a more direct stake: those who live in the areas we mine; our employees and their trade unions; our shareholders, investors and analysts; governments and NGOs; our suppliers and contractors; our customers and our business peers.

By building relationships that last, we’re working to turn our stakeholders into partners for the future.


CARE International UK

CARE International UK creates lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty. We’ve been working together since 2007.

Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & Flora International works for biodiversity conservation. We’re working in partnership to protect and increase biodiversity across our operations.

Women in Mining network

We have strong links with the Women in Mining network, which exists to make it easier for women to succeed in mining.


Technoserve is a non-profit organisation that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that hardworking people can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.

Business Action for Africa

Business Action for Africa is an international network of businesses and business organisations from Africa and elsewhere, coming together in support of three objectives: to positively influence policies to support economic growth in Africa; to promote a more balanced view of Africa; and to develop and showcase good business practice on the continent.

Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)

We are partnering with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) in order to address the positive and negative impacts of our operations. The DIHR is an impartial, independent human rights institution that aims to protect and promote human rights globally.

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) represents members who believe that implementing superior business practices will gain them preferential access to land, capital and markets. This, in turn, will contribute to their high equity values and enable them to recruit talented employees.

Shift’s Business Learning Program

We’re a participant in Shift’s Business Learning Program, working to continuously improve our implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, with a particular focus on building capacity to conduct ongoing human rights due diligence. Shift is an independent, non-profit centre for business and human rights practice.

International Alert

International Alert works to promote peace and stability in regions where there’s conflict. We’re working together to promote better business practice in high risk environments and in particular in implementing the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

A transparent way of working

We take every opportunity to be clear and open in the way we conduct business, and we support those working to promote transparency across our industry.

We’re part of the UN Global Compact against corruption, we support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and we follow the EU Transparency Directive.

We also work with groups such as the Africa Progress Panel to support development through more transparent ways of working.

Policies, standards and principles

Our comprehensive set of policies, standards and principles ensure that we uphold the commitments we make to our stakeholders and work towards a common set of ambitions.

*The Code of Conduct identifies the standards of conduct that Anglo American expects of its directors, employees, contractors, consultants, suppliers, agents and other business partners in order to promote behaviour consistent with our core values. The Code should not be taken as providing any representation or any other assurance that Anglo American complies with any standard or policy specified. The Code does not create any benefit or rights in favour of, and is not enforceable by, any third party.

Real Mining. Real People. Real Difference.