Implats’ Sustainable Development Report 2009 has been compiled for the Implats group and its operating subsidiaries and covers the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. This report, formerly known as the Corporate Responsibility Report, is produced annually with the aim of communicating with Implats’ various stakeholders on the company’s economic, social and environmental performance.
This report reviews our group sustainable development programme over the past year, and reflects on the strategy and structures that we have put in place.
The trust has opted for a developmental approach, seeking to help create an enabling environment for people to help themselves as opposed to the piecemeal handout approach of old.
The Implats Enhanced Evaporation Spray System (EESS) ponds, which are part of the refining operations in Springs are situated a short distance from the Blesbokspruit.
In November 2007 Implats initiated a housing upgrade programme for houses on mine property in Rustenburg.
The post-matric programme offered by the Ukuqonda Institute is a mathematics and science-based thirteenth school year.
Impala Platinum recently undertook an R850 million environmental upgrade and expansion of its smelting facilities near Rustenburg.
As one of the world’s leading PGM-mining and processing companies, Implats has the potential to have a significant impact and influence on global PGM markets, yet its social and environmental footprints are highly regionalised.
FY2009 was a significant year for Implats as the group’s internal management structures were reviewed and redefined and new structures put in place. This was largely as a result of a comprehensive review undertaken during the prior year, in conjunction with external management consultants.
Implats has identified a broad range of stakeholders who have a material interest in the business. An important development during the year was the formation of a stakeholder engagement unit specifically to undertake stakeholder engagement in a formal and constructive manner with local communities.
A number of Policy Statements have been reviewed and revised:
The person responsible for the compilation of this report and to whom all queries should be addressed is:
Sustainable Development Manager
Tel: +27 11 731 9074