Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Commitments on safety, the environment, human resources, innovation, carbon footprint reduction and corporate governance play a vital role in safeguarding the Group’s future. For the Imerys to achieve its commitments, every manager in the Group must support them through his or her action.
Our Sustainable Development 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.
We implement the plan by defining protocols and training operating teams. We then monitor the plan’s rollout on the ground through performance indicators defined by internal experts. These indicators take into account the guidelines set by the United Nations’ Global Report Initiative (GRI)(1) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (the global framework for reporting energy and CO2 emissions) taking the specific nature of our activities into account.
We gradually enrich these indicators in line with the ramp-up of our action plans. In health & safety, we have collected data on lost-time accidents since 2011 and we began tracking the number of occupational diseases in 2012. As regards the environment, we have begun measuring volumes of recycled water and CO2 emissions from our mining contracting activities in order to enhance understanding of our environmental impacts. In human resources, the absenteeism rate and the share of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements were added to our monitoring tools in 2011.
Imerys’ three-year Sustainable Development plan was defined after broad internal consultation. It sets the objectives for the period of 2015-2017 in every major area of action.
To download the last Sustainable Development strategy presentation, please click here.
(1) The GRI is a global framework for environmental and social indicators.
We achieved a great majority of the Sustainable Development goals we set in late 2008, leading to significant progress. For the next three years, the many Sustainable Development issues inherent in mineral mining and processing mean we must have ambitious but realistic goals.