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Sibanye-Stillwater Leads with Top CDP Ratings in Sustainability

Mining Giant Achieves A Ratings for Water Security and Climate Initiatives

by Oluwatosin Alabi

Sibanye-Stillwater, a leading global mining company, has recently been distinguished with top ratings from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its exceptional water security and climate change disclosures. This achievement marks a significant milestone for the company in its ongoing efforts to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship within the mining sector.

The CDP, a renowned non-profit organization, operates a comprehensive global environmental disclosure system that encourages companies worldwide to measure, manage, and share information about their environmental impacts. Sibanye-Stillwater’s commitment to environmental transparency and sustainability is underscored by its improved CDP water rating, which has advanced from a B to an A-. This rating not only surpasses the global average of a C-rating but also exceeds the averages for both the African region and the metallic mineral mining sector specifically.

In addition to its accomplishments in water security, Sibanye-Stillwater has also been recognized for its climate change initiatives, receiving an A rating in this category. This score outperforms the global submissions’ average C-rating, the African region’s average B-rating, and the metallic mineral mining sector’s average C-rating. Such recognition from the CDP is a testament to Sibanye-Stillwater’s proactive approach to addressing environmental challenges and its dedication to leading the mining industry toward a more sustainable future.

The CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is regarded as the gold standard for corporate environmental transparency. It is supported by significant global investors who request that companies disclose comprehensive data on their environmental impacts, risks, and opportunities. Sibanye-Stillwater’s high ratings reflect its deep commitment to environmental stewardship and its efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of mining activities on the planet.

Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, expressed gratitude for the company’s recognition by the CDP, stating, “We are encouraged and heartened by the recognition of our water and climate change initiatives and transparent disclosure.” Froneman reaffirmed the company’s unwavering commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 and emphasized the importance of understanding the interplay between climate change and water security. According to him, this understanding positions Sibanye-Stillwater favorably to mitigate risks, support local communities, and guide the company toward building a business model that is both sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change.

Sibanye-Stillwater’s vision extends beyond the immediate concerns of environmental compliance and risk mitigation. The company actively invests in green metals essential for renewable energy, batteries, and hydrogen technologies, positioning itself as a key player in the global movement toward a low-carbon future. By focusing on reversing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability, Sibanye-Stillwater not only contributes to global environmental goals but also ensures the long-term viability and success of its operations.

This commitment to environmental excellence and sustainable mining practices is particularly relevant in the context of the growing global awareness of climate change and the urgent need for industries, especially those historically associated with high environmental impacts like mining, to adopt more sustainable practices. Sibanye-Stillwater’s achievements, as recognized by the CDP, serve as a testament to the company’s leadership in environmental stewardship and its role as a model for responsible mining practices worldwide.

In conclusion, Sibanye-Stillwater’s top ratings from the CDP for both water security and climate change disclosures underscore the company’s position as a leader in the mining industry regarding environmental sustainability. These achievements reflect Sibanye-Stillwater’s comprehensive approach to managing environmental risks and its proactive efforts to contribute positively to global environmental goals. As the company continues to innovate and invest in sustainable practices, it sets a precedent for the mining sector’s contribution to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

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