Ambatovy Publishes Its 2015 Sustainability Report

2015 Sustainability Report

Ambatovy is pleased to announce the release of its 2015 Sustainability Report. This report covers Ambatovy’s sustainability performance for the period between January 1st and December 31st, 2015.
“Over the long term, Ambatovy will strive to become a role model for sustainable business success in Madagascar, and a global nickel industry reference point for best practice operational excellence. These are the visions for our company that drive us in our daily commitments, activities, and engagements, and to which we remain steadfast,” said Tim Dobson, President of Ambatovy.
Highlights from the 2015 reports include:

1. Governance:
• Ambatovy continued to support the Tsara Tantana Project that was launched in 2014 in order to promote the transparent, equitable and sustainable use of mining royalties paid to decentralized territorial collectivities in Madagascar.
• As part of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), Ambatovy provided refresher training on human rights to security forces involved in the protection of Ambatovy sites.

2. Economic Performance:
• Ambatovy continued to prioritize local procurement, with more than 40% of Ambatovy’s purchases made from local companies and more than $283 million spent on local purchasing.
• Ambatovy continued to support the livelihoods of local communities by providing technical assistance on improved rice production techniques to 1,330 people affected by the project (PAPs) as well as support for other income-generating activities to 225 PAPs in the resettlement villages.
• In 2015, $14.6 million was paid to the Malagasy government in taxes and fees.

3. Communities and Social Relations:
• Five Open Doors events were organized to develop a climate of trust between Ambatovy and the communities; a new radio program was also launched in collaboration with the international non-governmental organization Search for Common Ground.
• The 2015 Green Star Award, in the Prevention and Preparedness category, was awarded to Ambatovy on June 1st, 2015, in Oslo Norway, for the decommissioning of the Zeren Ammonia tanks, which was completed in 2014; the award was granted by Green Cross International, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Environment Program.

4. Environment:
• The Ambatovy Biodiversity Management System (ABMS) was more fully implemented in 2015.
• In 2015, four new orchid species were discovered in the Ambatovy mine area and conservation zones.

5. Labor:
• 94% of direct employees were Malagasy.
• Ambatovy established and launched the Intranet, an online digital space and communication tool, in order to support the flow of information and give employees regular and timely access to company updates, news and decisions.

To read the full report, please follow this link: 2015 Sustainability Report

The French version will be available shortly.