Total area of influence
The total area of influence at Sibanye can be defined as the Group’s overall influence, as a mining Group and individual operations, on the natural environment, the social environment (host and labour sending communities), and all other areas included in the Five Capitals Model.
Premised on Sibanye’s new operating model and the way the Sustainable Development Department has aligned its way of operating with this new model, the illustration (right) depicts areas of accountability and responsibility insofar as sustainable development-related activities (whether strategic or operational, social or environmental) are concerned.
Operating business units take day-today accountability and responsibility for their respective areas of influence, which includes shafts and all associated infrastructure, processing plants, TSFs, waste rock dumps and tailings pipelines, as ring-fenced in the illustration.
The Sustainable Development Department, supported by a fit-for-purpose sustainable development governance framework, has responsibility and accountability over those aspects and impacts that have or could have a direct influence and impact on the natural environment, communities and stakeholders, including regulators, and that is deemed to be beyond what can reasonably be expected to be directly managed and influenced by the operating business units (‘taking the noise away’ from the production units). Examples of such issues include water discharges into the environment, community relations and engagements and regulatory issues.
In order for this operating and shared model, as illustrated, to work efficiently and to the benefit of all entities involved, a high degree of co-operation, collaboration, synergising and taking ownership among the operating business units and between business units, and the Sustainable Development Department is expected. Furthermore, as one of its deliverables, the Sustainable Development Department provides management assurance in order to gauge, and give feedback on, the efficiency and effectiveness of Sibanye’s environmental and social policies and procedures, and the implementation thereof, including the status of compliance of all business units with applicable sustainable development-related statutory obligations.
However, acknowledgement that the effective implementation of the model as depicted in the illustration is a dynamic process, that there are challenges, and that continuous improvement and alignment to the model as depicted, is necessary in order to meet Sibanye’s overarching vision and mission.