At Implats, we are committed to demonstrating socially and environmentally responsible business practices within a good governance framework. We recognise that sustainable value creation for all our stakeholders comes hand-in-hand with creating value for society.


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How we create and share value

Our vision is to create a better future – through the metals we produce, the way we do business, and our superior performance. The intent is to ensure sustainable value creation for all our stakeholders. By focussing on shared value outcomes, Implats creates economic value in a way that also creates value for society, by addressing its needs and challenges.

In delivering on our purpose, to improve the lives of future generations, our sustainability framework and long-term aspirational goals will guide our increasing contribution to the attainment of UN SDGs, through our core activities and collaborative efforts to build thriving communities. This work builds on our longstanding commitment to the UN Global Compact and its 10 principles. Implats has prioritised the following 11 SDGs, where we believe we can have the most meaningful impact.

Integration ito core business

  • Direct, inclusive employment
  • Local procurement
  • Taxes and royalties
  • Social investments

Reporting indicator

  • Percentage of workers that earn an amount equal to or above national minimum wage of R3 500 per month (R42 000 per annum)

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • The lowest earning employee at Implats earns a total remuneration (TR) in excess of R180 000 per annum; 90% of employees earn a TR between R180 000 and R500 000 per annum

Integration ito core business

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Preventative care, including Covid-19 prevention and treatment
  • Combating tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
  • Supporting mental health and wellness

Reporting indicator

  • Eliminate fatalities
  • Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) – target 20% year-on-year improvement
  • Our TB incidence rate versus national
  • Reduction in AIDS deaths in service

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • We strive to eliminate fatalities; regrettably there were three fatalities this year
  • LTIFR 4.92 (8% year-on-year deterioration)
  • Our TB incidence rate is 196 per 100 000 people (SA operations) versus estimated national average of 360 per 100 000
  • 47% reduction in Aids deaths year-on-year

Integration ito core business

  • Workforce education and training
  • Building local capacity through training programmes

Reporting indicator

  • Company skills development spend
  • Company spend on community education initiatives

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • R719 million skills development spend (SA operations)
  • R10.8 million spend on bursaries, learnerships and community schools support initiatives

Integration ito core business

  • Equal opportunities for women
  • Gender-sensitive work environment

Reporting indicator

  • Representation of women at all levels in the Company
  • Gender mainstreaming initiatives
  • Gender pay ratio across the Group

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • Bloomberg 2021 Gender-Equality Index (GEI)
  • Women represent 11% of the workforce; 22% of managers are female
  • Female-to-male pay ratio in South Africa is 1.10 to 0.93

Integration ito core business

  • Conserve and recycle water
  • Monitor water quality
  • Manage water through a catchment approach

Reporting indicator

  • Group target of 44% water recycled

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • We recycled/reused 51% of the water we consumed
  • Contributing to watershed management
  • Sharing benefits with host communities through water infrastructure, including drilling boreholes

Integration ito core business

  • Direct and indirect employment
  • Drive economic growth with local procurement
  • Inclusive talent management

Reporting indicator

  • Number of permanent employees in the Group
  • Ongoing reduction in LTIFR
  • Inclusive procurement

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • 56 180 own employees and contractors across the Group
  • A 8% year-on-year deterioration in LTIFR
  • This year we procured goods and services to the value of R2.7 billion from businesses in our host communities across the Group

Integration ito core business

  • Champion equality and inclusivity

Reporting indicator

  • Company GINI coefficient versus mining industry and all industries

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • An internal GINI coefficient of 0.267 versus 0.417 for mining and 0.437 for all industries in South Africa in 2021 (PwC Study)

Integration ito core business

  • Developing local infrastructure
  • Inclusive stakeholder engagement regarding land use

Reporting indicator

  • Deliver projects that meaningfully mitigate social challenges in our host communities

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • Social-economic development spend totalled R126 million in South Africa, US$2 million (R32 million) in Zimbabwe, C$281 000 (R3.4 million) in Canada
  • R212 million spend on accommodation and improving living conditions
  • The metals we produce reduce toxic and harmful polluting gases

Integration ito core business

  • Reduce absolute GHG emissions
  • Build climate change resilience

Reporting indicator

  • Climate impact reduction targets: – Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • Improved our energy intensity by 1.4%, year-on-year
  • Reduced our carbon intensity by 4% year-on-year
  • Conducting studies for renewable energy supplies in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Integration ito core business

  • Minimise biodiversity impacts
  • Land rehabilitation

Reporting indicator

  • Implement concurrent rehabilitation to reduce closure liabilities and improve rehabilitation outcomes

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • R2.3 billion in provisions for environmental rehabilitation at year-end (2020: R1.8 billion)
  • Our active tailings and Rockwall dams in Rustenburg support various species of wildlife with regional conservation importance
  • The re-mining of our old tailings facility in Rustenburg will increase land availability for our communities

Integration ito core business

  • Public-private partnerships

Reporting indicator

  • Working collaboratively with local authorities, communities and others in order to maximise chances of post-closure sustainability
  • National and local government fuel cell special economic zone initiative

Our contribution or relevant disclosures

  • The total amount of tax payments and royalties to government for the reporting period was R19.1 billion
  • Since 2015, we have spent R25 million in developing the fuel cell initiative in collaboration with academic institutions and commercial partners

Best-practice water management

Implats holds an “A” performance score for its 2020 CDP Water Disclosure Project submission – one of only 106 companies globally to have made the CDP’s 2020 water security A-list. The A-rating, the second consecutive year Implats has achieved this score, places us in the leadership band with a select group of companies for achieving best practice in their 2020 disclosure, awareness and management of water security risk.

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Improving community access to potable water

Access to clean water and sanitation are basic necessities and are imperative in curbing the spread of Covid-19. Accessing adequate water supply is a challenge in many of the communities around our South African and Zimbabwean operations.

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Assuring our ethical production processes

Implats is committed to being a reputable and responsible PGM producer through ethical production processes. During FY2020 we started implementing a Group platinum and palladium sourcing policy across our operations. We engaged PwC to assist with assessing our current practices and policies against the 2019 requirements of the London Platinum and Palladium Markets’ (LPPM) Responsible Platinum and Palladium Guidance, and where necessary made improvements.

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