Our Commitment to ESG
We believe that we have a duty to the environment and communities we operate in.
Driven by our core value of Zero Harm, we’re facing the challenge of doing business in the most sustainable and ethical way possible.
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
As part of our commitment to supporting the communities we operate in, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee has an annual budget responsibility for supporting the environment, charities, and our community.
Any CR Powered by Epiroc employee can nominate opportunities to the committee, which is formed from members across our business.
Some of the important causes we’ve supported include:
- Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service via a three year partnership
- Supporting riders in the MACA Cancer 200 Ride
- Bush Fire recovery in Australia and Oregon via the Red Cross
- Supporting Mangoola Mine’s team in the 2021 Beyond Blue Bitumen Rally
- Special bucket designs supporting: MATES in Mining, Men’s Shed, TIACS and more
CR Powered by Epiroc and Whitehaven supporting Westpac Helicopter Rescue.
Our Tomago team presenting a check to Westpac Helicopter Rescue.
Hurricane dragline bucket with a special design to support MATES in Mining.
Electric rope shovel with our DipperEdge cast lip and a special design supporting TIACS.
Maryborough foundry manager James presenting Brothers Junior Rugby League Club with a check to support flood recovery.
Company Volunteer Days
We believe strongly in giving back to our communities. That’s why all CR Powered by Epiroc staff have paid time off to volunteer with their team.
Our teams have spent time together volunteering with:
- FareShare, a charity that rescues food from going to waste and turns it into free, nutritious meals for people in crisis
- Cook4Good, prepping meals destined for Rough Edges, a café for the homeless community
- The Smith Family, packing support boxes for disadvantaged young people
- Build-A-Bear Foundation to make cuddly bears for children undergoing treatment for life-threatening or chronic illnesses
Our Brisbane office volunteering with FareShare.
CR’s Sydney office volunteering with Cook4Good.
CR Powered by Epiroc teams in WA volunteering with Build-A-Bear Foundation.
Across our supply chain, we’re committed to ensuring that we and our business partners operate with respect for human rights.
Our commitment includes providing a fair, safe, and healthy working environment for both our employees and that of our suppliers. We don’t tolerate the use of child labour or forced labour.
We have structured audit and review processes with our suppliers to assess whether they are meeting our standards. Our suppliers have processes in place for managing their own risks and are expected to work with us to meet our minimum standards.
We evaluate supplier risks under the following seven categories:
- Labor rights
- Freedom of association
- Health and safety
- Privacy and data protection
- Anti-bribery and corruption
- Access to grievance mechanisms
Environment and Sustainability
We’ve completed a full audit of our carbon emissions (tonnes of CO2 emissions) and have identified the biggest opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint, aiming for Net Zero by 2025.
Based on our audit, our biggest area of opportunity is to convert to renewable energy. Our Sydney office is already carbon neutral for electricity consumption, with 100% of power coming from renewable energy sources. Additionally, 95% of our Goodna technology center’s electricity is renewable, thanks to its solar panels.
We will be looking to convert all our offices and manufacturing centers to renewable energy.
We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and two ways we do this is by recycling both steel and sand at our Maryborough foundry.
Our manufacturing process almost exclusively uses recycled scrap steel to produce new, world-class mining components. We recover scrap steel from our customers as well as all waste steel from our own manufacturing process.
As part of our foundry’s casting process, we use virgin silica sand blended with reclaimed sand to create molds. Molten steel is poured into the sand molds. As the steel cools, it takes the shape of the mold. The sand is then conditioned so that it can be reused to make new molds.
Historically, we’ve used around 2,000 tonnes of virgin silica sand each year. When the sand can no longer be reused, we send it to a beneficial reuse facility to be made into compost. This keeps 2,000 tonnes of sand out of landfill, but to reduce our waste even more we have installed a sand reclamation plant to recycle sand more effectively.
This has decreased our consumption of new sand by ~50%. Not only does this reduce the need for new sand, but it also means fewer truckloads to dispose of waste sand, reducing carbon emissions.
CR Powered by Epiroc is conscious about the significant global energy consumption of the mining industry, and actively plays our role to reduce the impact, through product features that can make a positive impact to energy requirements wherever possible.
Independent research into haul truck emissions has found that total fuel and CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 35% by lowering payload standard deviation from 30% to 0%.
Many of our products provide efficiency improvements, including:
Diversity and Inclusion
Our culture of diversity and inclusion fuels innovation and performance. We’re building a diverse team that reflects our global reach and the communities we impact, while fostering a culture of trust and mutual respect.
Some of the initiatives we’re taking to get there:
- Welcoming young graduates into our program with rotations through key business areas
- Reviewing compensation annually for gender pay gap inequities
- Supporting parents with flexible work options and paid parental leave
- Championing women through a program of workshops and forums
- Unconscious bias training for all leaders
- Ensuring that our language is unbiased and welcoming to all
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