Sustainability

RBPlat has an integrated approach to managing sustainability. We are committed to achieving sustainability through balancing our aspirations for a prosperous mining business with responsibility and accountability for our impact on the natural environment, society and the broader economic environment.

The wellbeing of our business depends on the safe, cost-effective and profitable extraction of platinum group metals (PGMs) over the life of the resource, with due consideration for the needs and expectations of all our stakeholders

RBPlat has an integrated approach to managing sustainability. We are committed to achieving sustainability through balancing our aspirations for a prosperous mining business with responsibility and accountability for our impact on the natural environment, society and the broader economic environment

Our mission, vision and values provide the fundamentals for our approach to our framework for sustainability. Our Board regularly monitors and assesses our sustainability performance against key performance indicators for the following sustainability objectives, which are aligned with the six capitals.

REPORTING FRAMEWORKS

Our integrated reporting process provides our stakeholders with a balanced and holistic view each financial year of our economic, social and environmental performance. We strive to provide balanced reporting, sharing a view of both challenges and successes. Our reporting is based on our identified materiality issues.

Our reporting is based on the issues we have identified through our materiality process, which identifies the risks and opportunities RBPlat and its stakeholders see as being most material. We review our materiality process every year with the aim of continually improving it. This process is approved by our Board.

The material issues are prioritised and reviewed every year and changes made, if necessary, in terms of:

  • their possible financial impact on our business
  • the degree to which they affect our stakeholders and ourselves
  • the extent to which an issue is likely to grow in significance and impact our business in the future
  • business opportunities issues present
  • level of risks they present
  • impact on the 6 capitals
  • reputational impact.

Our reporting standards comply to the South African Companies Act 2008 and the JSE Listing Requirements. We are guided by the International Integrated Reporting Framework in how we report and structure our reporting, apply and explain King IV, the South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (SAMREC), and are guided by the GRI G4 guidelines.

CARBON DISCLOSURE PROGRAMME (CDP)

As part of our commitment to environmental management, we voluntarily participate and submit annually to the Water Disclosure Programme and Climate Change Disclosure Programme to CDP, an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. We have twice been awarded an A grade by the CDP for our efforts to manage water more sustainably.

Our reporting standards comply to the South African Companies Act 2008 and the JSE Listing Requirements. We are guided by the International Integrated Reporting Framework in how we report and structure our reporting, apply and explain King IV, the South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (SAMREC), and are guided by the GRI G4 guidelines.

UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT (UNGC)

RBPlat is a signatory to the UNGC and supports the 10 principles of the Global Compact with respect to human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

We produce a Communication of Progress (COP) report against the UNGC ten principles annually. Our Integrated Report also forms part of our COP to the UNGC.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)

RBPlat supports the SDGs. There are 17 SDGs intended to transform our world, ending poverty, fighting inequality, injustice and confronting climate change.

We have prioritised them based on our organisation's focus and have defined three levels of contribution (Main focus, direct contribution and indirect contribution) as defined by the United Nations for the 2015 – 2030 period.

  • Our main focus SDGs
  • Direct Contribution
  • Indirect Contribution

Our main focus SDGs

SDG 3 Good health and wellbeing SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth SDG12 Responsible consumption and production SDG 13 Climate Action
Integration in core business as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Champion occupational health and safety
  • Offer and encourage preventative care
  • Combat TB and HIV/AIDS
  • Increase mental health awareness
  • Communicate opportunities and limits of mining
  • Drive economic growth with local procurement
  • Minimise resource use and waste
  • Incorporate life cycle thinking
  • Reduce emissions
  • Build climate change resilience
  • Recognise climate change in planning and investment
Collaboration and leverage as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Support community health programmes
  • Participate in response to and recovery from epidemics
  • Train community health workers
  • Collaborate with local chambers of commerce, finance institutions and NGOs
  • Work with local suppliers to build capacity and increase product quality
  • Connect suppliers with external markets
  • Collaborate to end child labour
  • Collaborate inter- and intra-industry to develop and report against materials management codes
  • Engage consumers about mining and connect the consumer with raw materials
  • Participate in climate-related R&D and pilots (emissions trading carbon capture and storage projects)
  • Engage in intra- and cross-industry climate dialogues

Direct Contribution

SDG 1 No Poverty SDG 4 Quality education SDG 5 Gender equality SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy
Integration in core business as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Pay taxes and royalties
  • Champion inclusive employment
  • Leverage local procurement
  • Preserve land access
  • Assess and upgrade the local skills base
  • Train and educate the workforce
  • Offer equal opportunities for women
  • Practice gender inclusion across the business and project life cycle
  • Conserve and recycle water
  • Monitor water quality
  • Manage water holistically
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Drive economic growth with local procurement
Collaboration and leverage as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Collaborate to leverage resources for poverty alleviation
  • Support non-mining livelihood options
  • Broaden implementation of anti-poverty strategies
  • Link academic programmes with technical, vocational and educational training
  • Make social investments gender inclusive
  • Offer educational scholarships for women
  • Remain vigilant against gender-based violence
  • Establish gender-sensitive grievance mechanisms
  • Provide women's health monitoring
  • Support potable water and sanitation planning and infrastructure
  • Clearly delineate watershed management responsibilities
  • Share benefits of water infrastructure
  • Explore co-financing arrangements
  • Support local capacity building in water and sanitation management
  • Support local energy initiatives
  • Integrate into rural electrification schemes
  • Share benefits of energy infrastructure
  • Explore co-financing arrangements

Indirect Contribution

SDG 2 Zero SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG 10 Reduced inequalities SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities SDG 14 Life below water SDG 15 Life on land SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals
Integration in core business as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Explore synergies with agriculture
  • Keep farmland pollution-free
  • Support local procurement
  • Share infrastructure
  • Anticipate inequality-related risks
  • Champion inclusivity
  • Mine unconventional deposits
  • Plan land use carefully
  • Incorporate life under water into impact assessments
  • Achieve net positive or no net less impact
  • Preserve ecosystem services
  • Prevent and pre-empt conflict
  • Respect indigenous rights and free, prior and informed consent
  • Mobilise financial resources and technology
  • Share geo-data
Collaboration and leverage as per and Atlas for Mapping Mining to the SDGs
  • Strengthen watershed management
  • Partner with the agricultural sector
  • Support programmes to reduce childhood malnutrition and hunger
  • Use business profile to create horizontal linkages
  • Promote domestic research and development initiatives
  • Work with local partners to target social investments to marginalised populations
  • Encourage participatory budgeting in local communities, especially of mining revenues
  • Share workforce requirements and planned operations early so local authorities can assess adequacy of local services
  • Collaborate with local authorities to develop green space, including decommissioned mines
  • Collaborate with local authorities to establish conservation areas and marine reserves
  • Develop multi stakeholder coastal zone plans
  • Support projects that link communities and biodiversity
  • Encourage and participate in landscape level planning
  • Restore historic habitats and engage in reforestation and anti-poaching efforts
  • Collaborate in research initiatives
  • Publicly report project-related payments country-by-country and project-by-project
  • Facilitate peaceful working environment and good community relationships
  • Promote the rule of law
  • Dialogue actively with governments, civil society and development partners
  • Strengthen coordination between initiatives
  • Join with bottom-up grassroots movements and top-down leadership initiatives
  • Apply SDG indicators