We are committed to openness and transparency in the way we operate
For Whitehaven, sustainability is about how our financial, physical and human capital combine to deliver positive outcomes through our entire value chain to our diverse stakeholders at home and abroad. We deliver value to customers, our workforce, shareholders, local communities and suppliers by developing and safely and responsibly operating high-quality, cost-efficient, long-life coal assets.
Our approach is pragmatic and specifically oriented to those areas where we know we can have a positive impact.
This starts with promoting local economic growth through permanent job creation in the communities around which our operations are based. Our people are our greatest asset and our best advocates, not only because they work in the local areas around our mine operations, but also because they live locally and are part of the social fabric of their communities.
Our commitment to local procurement, and our focus on building capacity among regional suppliers seeking to work with us, recognises the contributions of local enterprise to long-term community prosperity and cohesion.
We also help build local community capacity and viability through intergenerational investment in education, healthcare, skills training and infrastructure. We do this through direct discretionary contributions, or indirectly via voluntary planning agreements and mining royalties.
When it comes to our operations, ‘sustainability’ means responsible environmental management and placing great importance on the safety of our employees and contractors as our business grows – to ensure that we are seen as safe and responsible stewards of the environments in which we operate.
Community and local business contributions
spent with local suppliers in FY21
local suppliers engaged in FY21