South Africa/Zimbabwe – In 2014 Anglo American tested and counseled nearly 110 000 employees and contractors for HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, showcasing its commitment to employee health and longevity.
86% of its full-time workforce also participated in testing, which means that Anglo American is approaching the UNAIDS target that 90% of people living with HIV should know their status by 2020.
These numbers are published in Anglo American’s 14th annual Sustainable Development Report which it released today.
Managing health risks protects Anglo American’s employees and communities, enhances productivity, and helps to ensure the long-term future of the business the report says.
In 2014, Anglo American continued to drive improvements across its occupational health and community health programmes by focusing on innovation and partnerships. Testing is a large component of its comprehensive wellness programme of prevention, care, support and treatment for HIV and AIDS.
Sir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American, comments: “One of the greatest challenges facing Anglo American, and the mining industry as a whole, is reconciling the different views and concerns of our stakeholders about how mining should be conducted. At Anglo American, we believe the solution lies in forging the effective partnerships we need to build safe, sustainable businesses and ensure long-term shareholder value.
“We believe in the benefits of a smarter approach but this does not mean operating alone. Our sustainability performance is critical to our ability to drive value for all of our stakeholders – we simply will not be able to make progress unless we can take our key constituencies along with us on of our journey. We must all be in this together.”
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, welcomed the report, commenting: “Our vision of long-term partnership with our stakeholders reflects our belief that, for us to be successful, we need to co-create a new deal around our core mining business. We will only be able to continue to deliver returns to shareholders if, in the eyes of our key stakeholders, we continue to build on this vision by delivering value to and with broader society. Getting this right is ‘mission-critical’ for Anglo American if we are to make a positive difference and achieve that vision of being partners in the future.”
To access the Sustainable Development Report 2014 in full, please visit our new reporting centre: www.angloamerican.com/reporting.