Mining is an inherently risky activity that can involve ground instability, underground fires, failure of machinery and human error threatening the safety of employees and other stakeholders. BNC makes every effort to ensure that risks are minimised. This is achieved by ensuring that mining operations are conducted with the highest possible degree of safety, efficiency and quality, that workforce training and education are maintained and by the prompt reporting of incidents to management. BNC aims to achieve zero harm by strongly adhering to our ISO 45001 certification and the national regulations.
We recognise that our operations have environmental impacts. As such, we manage our mining value chain by adhering to the requirements of our ISO 14001 certification and national environmental laws and regulations. Our major environmental impacts are associated with effluent discharge, hydrocarbon spillages, sewer handling, biodiversity and water and electricity usage. We have systems in place to provide for safe and productive use of land after closure or a return to the original or acceptable condition for the benefit of local communities post mining operations.
Community development is a significant pillar of our business, helping to extend our positive impacts beyond nickel mining. We strive to align our success with the success of communities around our mining operations. As such, we constantly engage with local leaders to understand community concerns and needs. Every year, we commit budgetary support towards social and developmental needs in our communities. Where possible, we also respond to natural disasters when these are experienced by our nation.