We believe we have an obligation to create shared value for all our stakeholders. This is measured as much by the positive legacies we leave in our communities and the people whose lives we enrich as by the superior returns we deliver to our shareholders.
The local communities we operate in are detailed under each of our specific projects, located under ‘Our Assets’.
Evolution has a Community Relations Policy and Community Principles that guide our behaviour when interacting with the community. We welcome feedback at any time about how we are performing against these standards and value any suggestions about how we can improve.
Each of our projects is set amongst vibrant rural communities with their own special qualities and character. Our partnering opportunities and community investments are therefore unique and tailored to the needs of the local community.
Evolution contributes to communities in several ways: local sponsorships, donations and partnerships; training, apprenticeship and scholarship programs; local employment and local procurement; emergency services where we are often first respondents to a local accident or incident; and royalties.
Highlights from some of our community initiatives are detailed in our Annual Community Report.
In FY18 we completed our biennial Stakeholder Perception Study, facilitated by Deloitte, to understand our stakeholders’ key areas of interest and concern and to measure the quality of our relationships. High quality relationships produce more social capital and are a foundation for social licence to operate.
We canvassed the views of 100 key stakeholders and 300 randomly selected members of the public across our five operations. Our Social Licence score was determined by using the Stakeholder 360® research and engagement framework. Evolution was rated in the ‘high approval’ (4.06 out of 5.00) category of social licence, with Deloitte noting that this is a high level of social licence compared to other mining companies. The mean social licence score in over 2,000 cases of social licence studied globally is 3.39.
The study showed that what matters most to our stakeholders is local employment, local procurement and community investment, whilst the key areas of concern are environmental impacts and planning for closure. Each operation identified key actions to address the feedback received. We will report our progress against these actions and ensure we continue our open dialogue with stakeholders and maintain our reputation for transparency. Evolution has procedures to ensure complaints are handled appropriately and are promptly addressed. We share learnings across the business to prevent future similar incidents and we actively work to minimise the number of complaints received.
We are committed to investing in our communities and partnering to achieve meaningful outcomes and to generate shared value. We share the economic benefit by, wherever possible, prioritising local procurement and local employment and training opportunities, particularly for our local indigenous communities.
We make a significant economic contribution to the Australian economy as well as directly within our local communities. In addition to our sponsorships and donations, we collaborate to implement projects that will continue to benefit the community long beyond the life of the mine. These Shared Value Projects will be particularly important for planning for closure and supporting the viability of communities beyond the life of mine which our stakeholders indicated were a very high priority at every operation in our Stakeholder Perception Study.
|Sustainability Project Value Drivers|
|Alignment with Evolution strategy and planning||Health and safety outcomes||Scalability|
|Use of internal skills/assets||Talent attraction, development and retention||Long-term viability|
|Reputation and social licence||Compliance or stakeholder commitments||Educational outcomes|
|Stakeholder trust and support||Community-led impact||Local economic outcomes|
|Innovation||Alignment with government or strategic drivers||Environmental outcomes|
|Employee engagement||Local capacity and partnerships||Community resilience|
|Costs, efficiencies or ROI||Mind dependency||Infrastructure capability|
Evolution is committed to respecting the human rights of all our stakeholders. This means we engage with employees, business partners, community groups and all other stakeholders in a manner that protects the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. It also means we must conduct appropriate risk-based due diligence on all relevant business partners in our supply chain to ensure those rights and freedoms are protected.
In FY19 the Australian Government enacted the Modern Slavery Act 2018 under which Evolution will be reporting annually on the risks of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains. It also requires reporting on the action we have taken to assess and address those risks, and the effectiveness of our response. The term ’modern slavery’ refers to the worst forms of exploitation.
Our inaugural Modern Slavery Statement, approved by our Board of Directors, will be published in H1 of FY21, reporting on the FY20 year. The steps we took in FY19 to prepare for the Modern Slavery legislation include:
■ Established a cross-functional working group for planning, strategy and execution
■ Including Modern Slavery within the Human Rights Social Responsibility Standard
■ Ensuring Vendor compliance:
1. Discussed Modern Slavery expectations with prospective and current vendors
2. Updated standard contract clause to address Modern Slavery
3. Commenced development of a risk assessment to prioritise highest risk vendors
4. Commenced development of an assurance process for onshore and offshore vendors
5. Commenced development of vendor communication pack
6. Commenced development of pre-qualification of non-contract vendors (FY20 completion)
■ Developed an education/communication pack to be rolled out across all Evolution assets and more broadly across wider stakeholder group (FY20 completion)
■ Discussed development of a remediation plan (FY20 completion)
Sponsorships and Donations
Our Sponsorship and Donation program is one of the ways we support organisations and initiatives that benefit our local communities.
Evolution particularly encourages members of the community to submit applications that provide outcomes in the areas of economic development, youth, health, education and environment. In addition to applications for financial assistance, we encourage organisations to submit applications for in kind support, material donations or volunteer assistance.
In order to submit a sponsorship or donation application, please read the guideline document and return a completed application form to the Community Relations team at your nearest site.
For applicants near our Cowal site, sponsorship and donation requests come under the Cowal Partnering Program:
For all other sites, please use the following sponsorship and donation documents:
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