"Newmont now has five women directors, which puts us right at the top of the pack for a Fortune 500 company. We have three women on our executive leadership team out of nine."
Mining companies have put the excesses of the commodity boom behind them and are refocusing their investments on innovation.
Innovation touches everything we do. It has made Anglo American safer, more productive, more cost-competitive and more accepted by our host communities.
Canadian mining company Goldcorp is now pioneering a new approach that aims to dramatically reduce the use of water in its operations.
For Anglo American, local communities are absolutely critical. If you cannot work with them, they threaten the viability of the business. You have to give them something that is worthwhile and long-lasting.
Elaine Dorward-King, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations: "We are leaders because we strongly believe that transparency is hugely important to the industry."
For those mining companies that continued to invest in innovation, sustainability and community relations despite the apparent end of the commodity supercycle, 2016 was a year of vindication.
Just as Jules Verne’s famous fictional submarine ventured 20,000 leagues under the sea, its modern-day namesake, deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals, is carving out a new niche in the extraction business.
In the face of an extended slump in prices for metals and minerals, the largest mining companies are maintaining their investments supporting the communities affected by their operations.