Regardless of how carefully we monitor and manage our environmental risks and impacts, there is no denying that mining processes will inevitably have some harmful effects on the flora, fauna and natural environment around our sites. We acknowledge this reality and are committed to minimising our negative impacts as far as possible and to rehabilitating our sites to the highest levels possible.
We have a dedicated and publicly available group biodiversity policy in place, the main goal of which is for zero net negative biodiversity impacts by the time each mine closes. The biodiversity policy also commits us not to conduct exploration or mining activities on any natural world heritage sites.
To achieve net zero negative biodiversity impacts we consider and document the full spectrum of flora and fauna at the feasibility stage of any project, working with biodiversity experts to conduct baseline surveys and make detailed records.
By the time a project becomes operational, a detailed and site-specific BAP is put in place. BAPs draw on the information from baseline surveys and ESIAs to detail the various habitats and fauna on site and set out plans to restore the site ecosystems to their original state or better wherever possible. Part of this includes a requirement for the development of onsite nurseries for the propagation of native trees, and provision for the accumulation and storage of topsoil needed for site restoration. We also consider biodiversity offsets to achieve our goal of net zero negative biodiversity impact.
Implementation of BAPs is regularly monitored and reported quarterly to the board-level E&S.
Once a mine is operational, we apply an impact mitigation hierarchy towards biodiversity risk management. The biodiversity mitigation hierarchy compels us to minimise biodiversity impacts through careful planning including building, pipeline and tailings placement, restore and rehabilitate impacts to the extent possible and offset any negative impacts in line with IUCN guidelines.