ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY WORK
The concept of sustainable development, which also encompasses the social and economic dimensions of our development, is today a comprehensive and guiding principle for the entire UN system and the world community. The concept of sustainable development was introduced in 1987, when it was launched by the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the Brundtland Commission) in its report ”Our common future”.
For GRANGEX, sustainability means that we take both the environment and the climate into account through our future choices of products and equipment, as well as how we plan our future operations. We try to maintain a holistic view and minimise our operations’ climate footprint, both in terms of carbon dioxide and other environmental footprints. We also take overall responsibility for the local community, where we want to contribute to the development, and our employees, who are important to us.
We have great hopes that our goal can create a future long-term business with a high level of competitiveness, where our future operations and products also contribute to improving sustainability globally, for example, the climate. We also have great hopes that our ambitions can give us a better scope within which we can develop our projects. Of course, we also hope for a good return, that is beneficial to society as a whole, as well as to our employees and our shareholders.
Taking economic, social, and environmental responsibility for the impact our operations goes without saying, and something we naturally intend to prioritise at all stages of our future operations. We also intend to have a well-established safety culture as part of our future activities.
Our keywords are a business that:
- Provides minimal impact on the environment, by striving for zero emission of carbon dioxide, and on the local environment, by using the latest technology and investing in the right processes and equipment.
- Is well rooted locally, through dialogue with and information to residents and authorities
- Takes care of its personnel, in terms of development, safety and salary. As far as possible, this should also be sought when purchasing goods and services.
GRANGEX has applied for membership in Svemin – the industry organisation for mines, mineral and metal producers in Sweden, and follows Svemin’s guidelines as follows:
Duty of the mining industry
The duty of the mining industry is to provide society with minerals and ore in a responsible way with long-term profitability.
Minerals and metals are essential in a well-functioning modern society. Metals are made from ore and are recyclable in a constant cycle.
The company shall work for sustainable development and an efficient and balanced management of energy and natural resources long-term, taking into account people, the economy, the environment and society in general.
Good working environment
The company shall strive for a good, safe, and stimulating work environment.
The company shall work in accordance with established programmes for control and improvement of the work environment.
Environmental protection work
The company shall take special care of the environment, as mining activities cannot be conducted without impacting the surrounding environment. Mining activities mean that land areas are used and altered in a permanent way.
The company shall work actively to protect the surrounding environment, and consider the environmental aspects in all decisions concerning the entire life cycle of a mining project, from exploration and extraction to decommissioning and remediation. The measures shall be based on a balance between what is environmentally justified, technically possible, and economically reasonable.
The company shall work systematically with programmes for planning, implementation, monitoring, and improvement of its environmental protection work.
The company shall manage safety and environmental issues from a risk perspective. The risks of disturbances and breakdowns that can affect people and the environment shall be identified and taken into account so that preventive measures can be taken.
Open and factual information
The company shall openly and factually inform employees, the general public, and authorities about the business. In the case of exploration work, the company has a special responsibility to actively communicate with landowners, authorities, and other stakeholders.
Good accounting practice
The company shall apply good accounting practice, this also includes valuations of deposits.
Exploration with respect for the landowner’s interests
The company shall conduct all exploration work with care for the environment and with respect for the interests of the landowners concerned.
The company shall work to ensure that contractors working for the company also follow these ethical rules.
Training and development
The company shall ensure that employees are given appropriate training in order to increase their skills and motivation so that the company can live up to these ethical rules.
The company shall pursue research and development that promotes the mining industry and these ethical rules.
The company shall work systematically with continuous improvements. The goals for the work shall be reviewed with regard to changing needs and justified requirements.