I am proud to say that we continue to be a sector leader in terms of our approach to sustainable development. We are seeking to play our part in addressing the challenges of climate change by improving our energy efficiency, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the development of clean coal technologies and through our involvement in public-policy discussions.
Our internationally recognised Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT) continues to help us understand the perspectives and concerns of the communities close to our operations. This year we have made a three-yearly SEAT assessment mandatory for all our major operations.
We are gaining ground in the fight against HIV and AIDS with our successful voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) and treatment programme. At a number of our collieries in South Africa, the VCT participation rate exceeds 90%, while the overall Group figure continues to climb and had reached 71% by the end of 2007. Important progress was also made this year in developing a new framework of occupational health policies called The Anglo Occupational Health Way.
71% Participation rate for HIV/AIDS VCT
In 2007, we were an active voice in the development and promotion of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which supports improved governance in resource-rich countries, representing the mining sector on the EITI’s board.
We were also involved in other multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the Investment Climate Facility for Africa. We continue to be involved in and to give our full support to the UN Global Compact. We report on progress implementing the principles in our Report to Society in accordance with the externally verified Global Reporting Initiative.
We have made clear our commitment to regular engagement with NGOs at a local, national and international level. We signed association agreements with Fauna and Flora International on biodiversity issues and with CARE International on development challenges.