Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Taking into account the expectations of all of our stakeholders: employees, shareholders, customers, as well as neighboring communities is essential to preserve our long term licence to operate.
Message from the Vice-President, Innovation, Research & Technology and Business Support
"2013 was an important year for the evolution of the Sustainable Development program at Imerys. Safety continued to be the highest priority, and the Group achieved its frequency target of 1.3 per million hours worked compared with 1.51 in 2012. Environmental programs moved forward on a variety of fronts including water management plans in areas of water scarcity, biodiversity plans in areas of high biodiversity value, further improvements in the quality of the environmental management systems and several new environmentally friendly products and processes. Though energy efficiency did not progress as far as forecasted , there were significant benefits to the environment from the energy initiatives, including a 7.9% improvement in the Group’s carbon efficiency using 2009 as a baseline. Community relations evolved through increasing the number of formalized community management plans by 40% from 2012, while the Group’s review of its supply chain further progressed with a new focus on whether the largest suppliers have operations in countries of concern for child labor. In human resources, diversity plans were developed in five countries, and steady progress was made on training for the least-skilled workers and on analyzing the adequacy of benefit programs in emerging countries. Finally, in the area of governance and ethics, the Group also launched a communication campaign on its Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and continued to improve its anti-bribery and anti-trust compliance programs.
Each of these developments is described in this report in the context of the Imerys three-year strategic plan for Sustainable Development. The three-year plan is a structured program for continuous improvement based on the belief that, today, it is impossible to carry out mining activities without demonstrating high environmental standards and proactively engaging the inhabitants of the villages or cities near our plants. We recognize that stakeholders are increasingly attentive to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and corporate governance; and therefore; have structured the presentation of our Sustainable Development activities according to these three domains. Whether you are a customer, employee, community member, shareholder or other interested person, we hope this report will demonstrate to you that Imerys is a responsible company and a trustworthy partner."
Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.
Our Sustainable Development strategy is set by Imerys’ Executive Committee, based upon the recommendations of a Steering Committee that meets every quarter and represents different corporate functions. Three Executive Committee members have seats on the Steering Committee.
We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.
Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.
From the implementation of a smart water recycling process in the United States, to effort made in Thailand to improve general levels of education, evidence of our commitment to Sustainable Development are numerous.
We monitor the rollout of our three-year plan for Sustainable Development through performance indicators defined by internal experts. Our Sustainable Development reporting covers all activities over which we exert operating control.
At each stage of our reporting process we strive to continuously improve our processes. Discover our methodology.