Environmental Responsibility

Environmental responsibility indicators assess the extent to which companies have put in place systematic measures to prevent, avoid and mitigate the impact of their operations on natural resources and ecosystems. This includes the management of risks and impacts related to, for example, tailings management, air and water quality, climate change and biodiversity.

Average of the best scores achieved collectively by all companies for each one of the indicators under the thematic area

Average of the scores achieved by each one of the companies under this thematic area

Commitment (2 indicators)
Action (6 indicators)
Effectiveness (6 indicators)

Summary of results

The assessment results show that while the overall average performance is only 29%, the companies could already achieve a score of 69% by adopting the good practices demonstrated by their peers (as shown by the Collective Best Score on the chart – the sum of all best scores seen across all Environmental Responsibility indicators). Some environmental issues are evidently getting much more attention than others. Action and disclosure on tailings safety is of course a material topic for companies, and there is widespread evidence of companies disclosing information about the location and safety of their tailings storage facilities. In contrast, action is much less evident on issues such as water quality or noise and vibration in and around mining operations.

Leading practices in Environmental Responsibility include, for example, regular disclosure of detailed mine-site disaggregated data on levels of specific pollutants in water bodies in and around the mining areas.