Sherritt is committed to providing a safe and rewarding workplace, operating ethically, demonstrating environmental responsibility, engaging stakeholders and benefiting communities. We will meet or exceed the standards where we operate and continuously improve performance.We uphold our commitment to sustainability through our sustainability framework, which provides a focused and practical approach to prioritize issues, and manage and measure sustainability performance. Strategically, it supports the implementation of Our Purpose and Our Promises, which contains a specific commitment to Safety and Sustainability excellence. The framework is supported by a management system with policies, standards, procedures and guidelines to set company-wide requirements for planning, implementation, measurement, reporting and, when warranted, assurance of sustainability efforts across Sherritt.
There is an abundance of terms in use by companies in the natural resources industry to describe their approach to:
At Sherritt, we use the term “sustainability” as an umbrella that covers all of these interrelated and increasingly material elements of our business. To have a strong business that can grow, we must ensure that we incorporate excellence across a full range of sustainability topics and help catalyze the development of healthy and vibrant communities wherever we operate.
Sherritt’s sustainability framework provides a focused and practical approach to prioritizing material issues, and managing and measuring sustainability performance. It consists of a core commitment to sustainability and a series of issue-specific commitments. These commitments are supported by an evolving management system that sets company-wide standards for planning, implementation, measurement, reporting and, when warranted, assurance of sustainability efforts across Sherritt.
Sherritt is committed to providing a safe and rewarding workplace, operating ethically, demonstrating environmental responsibility, engaging stakeholders and benefitting communities. We will meet or exceed the standards where we operate and continuously improve performance.
We are committed to providing a safe workplace. Our ultimate goal is zero harm. Zero harm means zero fatalities, no injuries and no work-related illnesses among employees and contractors.
Maintain public safety around our sites through effective risk management, active communication and ongoing community engagement.
Safeguard our people, assets, reputation and the environment while respecting the rights of the public.
Provide a rewarding and inclusive workplace that engages and develops a diverse workforce, compensates workers competitively, supports talent development, and offers them exposure to world-class operations, projects, processes and people.
Extract and produce minerals that meet our stakeholders’ social, ethical, environmental and human rights expectations.
Operate our business in a way that respects human rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Foster a culture and environment that support and require ethical conduct.
Design and operate tailings management facilities – throughout the mine lifecycle – to meet or exceed applicable regulatory and company standards.
Achieve no net loss, or preferably a net gain, of biodiversity for greenfield projects and significant expansions of current operations; and practise progressive reclamation as part of normal operations at all mines, working with local jurisdictions.
Manage water responsibly by optimizing water use, addressing water-related risks to future operational viability and growth, and engaging communities on the use of, and impacts to, shared water resources.
Monitor and track mining waste and solid waste production at each site. Manage waste responsibly by optimizing and reducing waste production while following proper classification, handling, disposal and storage requirements.
Monitor and track energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at each site and identify opportunities to reduce impact; and understand and mitigate the potential impacts of climate change on our assets.
Provide adequate financial resources and comply with regulatory requirements to address the closure of our properties once operations are complete.
Engage stakeholders early on and throughout the asset lifecycle; and build relationships based on mutual trust, respect and transparency.
Contribute to a lasting improvement in quality of life in the communities where we operate.