Community and environment
We cannot operate successfully long-term without:
- ensuring the health and safety of our employees;
- environmental awareness to minimise our impacts on flora, fauna, infrastructure and landscape;
- extending benefits to the communities in which we work; and
- evolving a corporate culture of responsibility and awareness.
Health and safety
An accident-free workplace is one of our highest priorities. We have health and safety manuals and procedures for the Group and at all operational locations. Health and safety is now a separate item in the Agenda of all management and Board meetings.
We attach importance to awareness of our procedures by staff. Our policy is that simple summary versions of our manuals are also available so that employees at all levels can understand and comply with the key requirements and that knowledge should be reinforced by regular training and assessments.
Exploration and mining have an inevitable impact on the landscape and habitats. These impacts can occur in many ways. Our policy is to follow the best international practice in minimising and mitigating impacts.
The Red Rock Group employs predominantly local employees and professionals wherever it operates. We are usually among the highest paying employers in the area in which we operate and we consider that we have a responsibility to spread the benefits among members and families of a community and to encourage employees to recognise that we may not always be around to employ them.
We always provide training to local staff so that they can develop marketable skills.
We cultivate good relations with local community leaders including customary leaders from the time we arrive in an area. We are generally expected to provide other benefits to the communities in which we operate for any period. We try to assist where we are in a position to remedy deficiencies in education and health facilities, or provide new sources of drinking water or other infrastructural improvements.
We comply with local law and observe a high standard of ethical dealing with officials at every level.
Our employees are encouraged to understand the importance of safety, environment and communities and to act with care and consideration at all times.
We wish to develop a corporate culture in which responsibility – to work colleagues, to the environment and to the community – is second nature to all our staff.
These values will translate into responsibility towards Red Rock also and that will make us more effective as well as a better place to work.