In 2019, we engaged a third-party expert to conduct our latest sustainability materiality analysis to identify our current environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. This information will be used to inform our business and sustainability strategies, more effectively engage with our stakeholders and ensure our external reporting is relevant.

The analysis consisted of the following key components:

  • Trend analysis and issue benchmarking against industry peers;
  • Analysis of existing internal documentation on stakeholder input, such as location-specific materiality and stakeholder analyses;
  • Survey of key employees to capture what they believed are the most significant issues for stakeholders (internal vision), as well as what they thought stakeholders felt were the most significant issues (external vision);
  • Survey of external stakeholders, including those representing customers, communities in which we operate, government, non-governmental organizations and industry associations; and
  • Prioritization of the material issues using the following matrix.

2019 Material Issues

Rank Topic Boundary Report Section
1 Regulatory compliance All locations Legal Compliance
Environmental Compliance
2 Occupational health and safety All locations Safety and Health
3 Local commitment with communities All locations Shared Value Creation
4 Climate change All locations, particularly our refineries, smelters and casthouses Climate Protection
5 Air quality and emissions All locations Emissions
6 Ethics, transparency and good governance All locations Governance, Ethics and Compliance
7 Tailings management Our refineries Tailings Management
8 Waste management All locations Waste and Spills
9 Water stewardship All locations, particularly those in water-stressed areas. Water
10 Facilities closure, soil management and rehabilitation All locations Facility Stewardship and Transformation
11 Human rights All locations, particularly those in high-risk areas. Human Rights
12 Economic performance All locations 2019 Annual Report
13 Biodiversity All locations, particularly our mines Biodiversity and Mine Rehabilitation