Anglo American Believes Long-term Thinking is Critical to Sustainable Development

    Anglo American Believes Long-term Thinking is Critical to Sustainable

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, April 19, 2013

LONDON, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Anglo American will launch its Sustainable Development Report 2012, " Creating
Value with the Future in Mind " , at today's annual general meeting in London.
The report details Anglo American's sustainable development performance for
2012, highlighting how long-term thinking helps to generate wealth, mitigate
environmental harm, combat poverty and promote development in the communities
in which we operate.

Sir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American, commented: "Our Sustainable
Development Report demonstrates our commitment to continue delivering value to
all of Anglo American's stakeholders. Through leveraging our supply chains,
nurturing entrepreneurship, developing talent and capacity in and around
operations, we help to create healthier and better educated communities,
foster local economies and work to eliminate, minimise or mitigate any
disturbance from our mining activities.

"Anglo American's large footprint in the developing world means that our
capacity to contribute to the social and economic development of vulnerable
communities, beyond mining, is significant and the sustainability of our
business is inextricably linked to the sustainable development of the
communities around our operations. To be able to make meaningful change,
businesses have to be prepared to engage, and understand what really matters
to the people living near our operations.

"The role of big business in society has rarely been under such close
scrutiny, and some of the concerns that people have stem from a lack of trust.
To combat this, I believe we should play our part, along with other
businesses, in formulating a 'social compact' that encourages greater
transparency and accountability, better governance and a shared understanding
of the role and value of business to society."

  *Engaging with communities : Anglo American's ability to create a
    sustainable business is inextricably linked to its relationship with
    stakeholders - particularly the employees and communities around
    operations. In 2012, new partnerships were initiated with NGOs and local
    governments in Brazil and South Africa to help improve the delivery of
    municipal services to citizens. Globally, enterprise development
    initiatives in Chile, Brazil and South Africa continue to deliver
    outstanding results - nearly 65,000 jobs have been created and more than
    40,000 businesses supported. Around half of these businesses are run by
    women or young people in rural areas.
  *Securing water and adapting to climate change: With more than 80% of Anglo
    American's operations and future projects in water-stressed areas,
    securing access to water is a priority. Last year saw the roll out of our
    new water target-setting tool - WETT - and an energy management tool - ECO
    [2] MAN - which have already begun to deliver results. Investment in 60
    water-saving projects also achieved a saving of 6.8% against projected
    water use. We are finding new ways to reduce our energy usage, working
    with experts to understand the implications of climate change in our key
    locations, and investing in innovative technologies to cut carbon
  *Reaching Zero Harm: Ensuring the safety of Anglo American employees is the
    company's first priority. As well as addressing the underlying processes
    and standards critical for improving safety performance, in 2012 Anglo
    American hosted its first Global Safety Day for employees to ensure every
    employee understands their contribution to safety. Increasingly Anglo
    American is addressing the safety, health and well-being of its people
    together, to create a workplace that strives to deliver zero harm.
    Occupational health is now embedded in operational management, in the same
    way as safety.
  *Health: Anglo American's work to tackle HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB),
    particularly in southern Africa continued in 2012, with 95,000 people
    tested for HIV and anti-retroviral drugs provided to more than 5,000
    employees. In 2012, 25% fewer new HIV infections were recorded, and an
    increasing proportion (45%) of estimated HIV positive employees are
    receiving treatment.

In 2012, Anglo American achieved the highest score in the mining industry in
the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and was commended by the Carbon Disclosure
Project and entered the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for carbon
disclosure information and actions to reduce carbon emissions. Anglo American
was also among 30 leading UK companies, and the only mining group, to secure
platinum status in the Business in the Community's (BITC) Corporate
Responsibility Index in 2012 and 2013. The BITC Corporate Responsibility Index
is the UK's leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility. 

To access the Sustainable Development Report 2012 in full, please visit our
new reporting centre:

For more information about Anglo American's approach to sustainable
development, please visit or watch Anglo
American's sustainable development videos on YouTube by clicking on the below

Engaging with our communities: SEAT 3

Managing the burden of HIV/AIDS: The journey to zero

Strengthening healthcare in rural communities 

Reaching zero harm: Achieving a world class safety record at Kolomela mine

Find out more about Anglo American here:

Notes to editors:

Anglo American is one of the world's largest mining companies, is
headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock
exchanges. Anglo American's portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk
commodities - iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal;
base metals - copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals - in which
it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is
committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its
businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the
development of the communities around its operations. The company's mining
operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities
span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and

Contact: Media: UK, James Wyatt-Tilby, Tel: +44-(0)20-7968-8759; Emily Blyth,
Tel: +44-(0)20-7968-8481; South Africa, Pranill Ramchander, Tel:
+27-(0)11-638-2592 Investors: UK, Leng Lau, Tel: +44-(0)20-7968-8540; Caroline
Crampton, Tel: +44-(0)20-7968-2192; Sarah McNally, Tel: +44-(0)20-7968-8747
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