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Delivering today for a better tomorrow

"Most of what we do in Kumba comes back to four things: are we using our operations to the best of our ability, are we creating value for all involved, are we able to grow the business and is this a responsible action?"

The foundations of a sustainable future are put down today. We realise that if we fail to deliver on our goals now, we will have no sustainable future to offer tomorrow. To ensure we are delivering on our commitment, we measure and report on our performance.

Measuring change

We have established a set of key performance indicators to measure our delivery against our commitment to delivering a sustainable future.

Commitment KPI
Zero harm

Lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR)

Fatality rates


Historically disadvantaged South African’s (HDSAs) in management

Women in core mining

Employee training and development

Number of trainees

Training costs

Training hour per employee

Community development

Housing units constructed

Community development costs

Minimising environmental impacts

Water used for primary activities

Energy consumed

Greenhouse gases

Making investment sense

Our business is included in independent investment indices that benchmark and track the most socially responsible companies. These include:

The JSE Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index

The SRI Index promotes sustainable and transparent business practices. To qualify, companies are measured against a set of criteria analysing their environmental, social, governance and sustainability performance. These are reviewed annually.

As Kumba Resources we were among the first group of companies listed on the JSE All Share Index to comply with the requirements of the index. That was in 2004 and more than a decade later we are still featured.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

The CDP is a United Kingdom-based organisation that works to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions of major companies. The CDP works with 3,000 of the world’s largest companies to help them ensure that an effective carbon emissions reduction strategy is made integral to their business. As a result, the CDP has established what is regarded as the global standard for emissions and energy reporting. We have participated in the CDP’s Climate Response Programme since 2009 and in 2013, we achieved inclusion in the Global 500 and JSE Top 100 Carbon Disclosure Leadership indices with a score of 98%.

Keeping the future in mind

Being a good corporate citizen is about respect and responsibility. This means we must play our part in supporting human rights globally. While the primary responsibility for the protection of human rights lies with governments, we recognise the responsibility of business to respect human rights.

In seeking to promote the observance of human rights in the countries in which we operate we subscribe to observe and promote the rights and principles enshrined in the following:

  • The universally recognised rights entrenched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948
  • The United Nations Global Compact
  • The International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • The Global Sullivan Principles
  • The Constitution of South Africa

Read more about our Group policies

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