Sustainability Report 2021
Sustainability highlights FY21
of 2,500-strong workforce based in regional areas
of workforce identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
spent with local suppliers
of land rehabilitated
female participation in our workforce
in community partnerships and donations
spent with 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
Business resilience tested against TCFD framework since FY19
This assessment was aligned to the AccountAbility AA1000AP Standard and informed by our regular engagement with stakeholders.
Through this process we have distilled our approach to material issues and how we address them into three themes.READ more
Our commitment to human rights, embodied in our Code of Conduct, extended to suppliers in FY21 with the introduction of an assessment and reporting process to guard against modern slavery in our supply chains. Activities undertaken are outlined in our first Modern Slavery Statement, released in March 2021, in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 1988 (Cth).
The statement is available on our website. The due diligence undertaken in FY21 found no evidence of modern slavery practices in our supply chain.
Small and medium-sized enterprises face cash flow challenges when invoices are not paid on time. Cash flow challenges can be more pronounced in the mining sector and associated service businesses in regional communities, which is why we offer 21-day payment terms to our small and medium-sized local suppliers in the areas around our operations. In FY22 we will commence formal reporting on our payment times in accordance with the Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (Cth).
to North West NSW in FY21
& VPA payments$1.7m
& VPA payments$1.5m
& VPA payments$0.02m
Liverpool Plains LGA
& VPA payments$0.5m
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Water use in North West NSW
In FY21 253,247 megalitres of water from the Lower Namoi River was allocated or made available to licensed water users in the region.
Source: Water Sharing Plan for the Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Regulated River Water Sources 2020
Whitehaven Coal land use FY21
Whitehaven owns 84,406 hectares of land.
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Health & safety
The safety of our people, workplaces and communities is our number one priority. We believe every single member of our workforce should expect to be able to come home safely to their families and loved ones at the end of each day.
FY21 total recordable injury frequency rate per million hours worked (TRIFR)
Managing the risks of COVID-19
Especially in light of our status as a major employer in the North West NSW community, we have stayed agile as we respond to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and changes in state and federal Government settings that have arisen in relation to movement, mask-wearing, and COVID-19 testing.
We have maintained protective measures, including around hygiene, social distancing, limiting or postponing gatherings, travel and access to sites, and adjusted our response in alignment with public health advice. We have kept our people safe and employed, and maintained continuity of production and supply. No cases of COVID-19 in our workforce were recorded in FY21. We continue to work closely with our suppliers, including labour hire and transporation contractors, to mitigate against potential impacts of COVID-19 related restrictions.
We continue to participate in state and national industry association working groups convened to develop and implement COVID-19 response measures to keep communities and employees safe, and minimise the operational impacts of COVID-19 restrictions. The Resources Sector National COVID-19 protocols became a model for other sectors early on in the pandemic and we continue to share approaches and lessons within the industry, and to other sectors where applicable. In FY21 and into FY22, we have focused additional resources, both as a company and as an industry, on supporting the national vaccine roll-out.
Talent & diversity
We are committed to promoting a workplace culture and environment in which every individual feels safe and supported.
Proportion of workforce identifying as Indigenous
Whitehaven Coal is listed on the ASX. Our mining operations are located only in Australia and we have no foreign subsidiary companies, which means transfer pricing is not a tax issue for the Group
Taxes collected and paid by the Whitehaven Group and its JV partners in FY21