Reporting in line with theGlobal Reporting Initiative

Implats has adopted GRI as the basis of its sustainable development reporting

Impala, Rustenburg

Implats has adopted GRI as the basis of its reporting. This report has been compiled in accordance with the GRI’s G3 guidelines.

In preparing this report, Implats has been guided by GRI principles in respect of content, quality and reporting boundaries:

Principles relating to the quality of this report:

  • Materiality: The issues covered in this report have been guided by a combination of feedback from stakeholders, the identification of material issues by the Sustainable Development Forum, and the matters identified through the group's risk management process.
  • Stakeholder inclusiveness: The views and concerns of stakeholders have been considered in this report. However, this has been on an ad hoc and informal basis. Following the appointment of a stakeholder engagement manager in FY2009, this process will be formalised in FY2010.
  • Sustainability context: The group has considered the nature of its products and markets (mainly used in first world, developed nations) with the real on-the-ground matters of sustainability faced within developing countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Completeness: As there have been a number of significant changes in the group’s approach to sustainability management, this has been reported extensively in FY2009. It is envisaged that only changes to the management structure and processes will be reported in FY2010.
  • Balance: The group has endeavoured to report in a balanced manner, reflecting both the positive features of the year and the challenges faced.
  • Comparability: In almost all performance areas, comparisons with FY2008 have been made. Where possible and the information is available, data has been provided over a period of five years.
  • Accuracy: The group believes that data has been provided in a format which is broadly acceptable and comparable against industry norms. Where necessary definitions have been provided.
  • Timeliness: This report is published on an annual basis, in conjunction with the release of the group’s financial report.
  • Clarity: The group has adopted a reporting style that is concise, but that is comprehensive enough to be understandable to the lay person.
  • Reliability: During FY2009, the group implemented a sustainability toolkit to collate and verify data, and to ensure greater accuracy and reliability. Certain KPIs have also be verified by the external assurance provider.

Principles relating to the boundaries of this report:

Included in this report are those operations which are wholly-owned and/or managed by the group, as well as the Mimosa mine, in which Implats has a 50% interest. The Two Rivers operation, in which the group has a 40% interest and does not directly manage, is not directly covered.

The following table provides an index to the content in line with the GRI indicators.

Vision & strategy

Strategy and analysis
1.1Vision and values, Letter from the CEO, Understanding Implats's sustainable development footprint,
1.2Material sustainability issues, Our performance in FY2009
Organisational profile
2.1Corporate profile
2.2Corporate profile
2.3Corporate profile
2.4Corporate profile
2.5Corporate profile
2.6Corporate profile
2.7Economic performance
2.8Corporate profile, The PGM suite of metals, Economic performance
2.9Report profile
2.10Safety and health
Report profile
3.1Report profile
3.2Report profile
3.3Report profile
3.4Report profile
Report scope and boundary
3.5Report profile, Material sustainability issues, Letter from the CEO
3.6Report profile
3.7Report profile
3.8Report profile
3.9Report profile; Environmental performance, Glossary of terms and acronyms
3.10Report profile
3.11Report profile
GRI content index
3.12Reporting in line with the Global Reporting Initiative
3.13Independent statement of assurance


4.8Governance, also see the AR
4.9Governance, also see the AR
4.10Governance, also see the AR
Commitment to external initiatives
4.11How Implats manages sustainable development
Stakeholder engagement
4.14Engaging with stakeholders
4.15Engaging with stakeholders
4.16Engaging with stakeholders
4.17Engaging with stakeholders
AR:Reported in the annual report
NR:Not reported as information is not available at this time
NA:Not applicable to Implats
NM:Not reported as this is not deemed to be material by Implats
GRI Report 3rd party checked

GRI application level

GRI requires that the company self-declares an application level ranging from C, B to A. The requirements for these levels are indicated below. The + symbol indicates external assurance.

For FY2009, Implats has declared a B+ level of reporting and this has been verified by a third party assurance provider. (See statement).

Implats will seek GRI confirmation of this level of reporting.



Management approach, see also AR
Core Additional 
Economic performance
EC1Economic performance   
EC2Letter from the CEO, Environmental performance  
EC3NREC4Economic performance
Market presence
EC5NREC6Economic performance
EC7Human capital  
Indirect economic impacts
EC8 Socio-economic developmentEC9Socio-economic development


Management approach
EN1Environmental performanceEN2NM
EN3 Environmental performanceEN4 Environmental performance
EN5Environmental performanceEN6NM
EN7Environmental performance  
EN8Environmental performanceEN9Environmental performance
EN10Environmental performance  
EN11 Environmental performanceEN12 Environmental performance
EN13Environmental performanceEN14Environmental performance
Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16Environmental performanceEN17NR
EN18Environmental performanceEN19NM
EN20Environmental performanceEN21Environmental performance
EN22Environmental performanceEN23Environmental performance
Products and services
EN28Environmental performance  


Management approach
Labour practices and decent work
LA1Human capitalLA2Human capital
LA3 Human capital  
Labour/management relations
LA4Human capitalLA5Human capital
Occupational health and safety
LA6Safety and healthLA7Economic performance
LA8HIV & AIDSLA9Safety and health
Training and education
LA10Human capitalLA11Human capital
LA12Human rights  
Diversity and opportunity
LA13Human capital, Governance  

Human rights

Management approach
Investment and procurement practices
HR1Human capitalHR2NR
HR4Economic performance  
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
HR5Human capital  
Child labour
HR6Human capital  
Forced and compulsory labour
HR7Human capital  
Security practices
Indigenous rights


Management approach
SO1Socio-economic development  
SO4Economic performance  
Public policy
SO5NRSO6Economic performance
Anti-competitive behaviour
SO7Economic performance  
SO8Economic performance  

Product responsibility

Management approach
Customer health and safety
PR1Product responsibilityPR2Product responsibility
Products and services
PR3NMPR4Product responsibility
Marketing communication
Customer privacy
PR9Product responsibility  
Report application level
Standard disclosures G3 profile disclosures Report on 1.1
2.1 - 2.10
3.1 - 3.8
3.10 - 3.12
4.1 - 4.4
4.14 - 4.15
Report externally assured Report on all listed for Level C plus: 1.2, 3.9, 3.13
4.5 - 4.13
4.6 - 4.17
Report externally assured Same as requirement for Level B Report externally assured
G3 management approach disclosures Not required Management Approach Disclosures for each Indicator Category Management
Approach disclosed for each Indicator Category
G3 performance
indicators and sector supplement performance indicators
Report on a minimum of 10 Performance Indicators, including at least one from each of:
social, economic, and environment.
Report on a minimum of 20 Performance Indicators, at least one from each of: economic,
environment, human rights, labour, society, product responsibility.
Respond on
each core G3 and Sector Supplement* indicator with due regard to the materiality Principle by either:
a) reporting on the indicator or b) explaining the reason for its omission.
Implats Sustainable Development Report 2009