Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations (UN) SDGs are ambitious goals to improve the wellbeing of present and future generations. The 17 SDGs aim to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through the promotion of sustainable development. Many of these challenges are clear to us in the areas where we operate. We believe that we contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs through:

  1. Our direct business activities – the products we produce and the way we produce them.
  2. The use by the government of the taxes and royalties we pay.
  3. The direct and indirect employment opportunities we create, including our supply chain; and
  4. Our voluntary social and environmental investment.

The UN SDGs explicitly calls on business to contribute, along with governments and civil society, to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all within the boundaries of the planet. This requires businesses to apply creative and innovative thinking in solving sustainable development challenges. Following the steps recommended by the UN Global Compact (UNGC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to develop our SDGs Compass, we unpacked our Responsible Development (RD) approach, including our corporate values, and identified where and how we aligned with the SDGs.

The table below is a graphical representation showing how our RD approach and several key initiatives align with the SDGs.