Mining with Principles – what it means to South32

When we started our journey as South32 we knew that if mining is done well it can change people’s lives for the better. We don’t own the resources we mine and convert to other products, they’re owned by the local communities and the governments where we operate. We work to make a difference by developing those natural resources in a way that improves people’s lives now and for generations to come.

South32 operates globally and our aim is that host communities welcome us. That means open engagements with our host governments, and making fair economic contributions that help them meet the needs of their people. It means providing good jobs for local people, with a safe working environment, skills development, and decent pay and conditions. It also means creating opportunities for local businesses and making a social contribution to communities – in the 2018 financial year we spent over US$20 million to create a better world for the people in the places where we operate.

And we think our responsibilities go even further. We believe in climate change and we are committed to playing our part in the energy transition that will help the world avoid more than two degrees of warming. For example, we’ve made a firm commitment to achieve zero emissions by 2050.

We also have a Chief Sustainability Officer on our Lead Team who is focused on ensuring we take a company-wide perspective and that we are not only ‘doing the right thing’ but that we are creating value through environmental and social leadership.

Mining with Principles is about having ethical business practices, protecting the environment for future generations and contributing to our local communities in a meaningful way, this goes to the heart of South32’s purpose.

Graham Kerr, CEO of South32

ICMM and South32 working together to mine with principles