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Anglo American: Enhancing social performance in different regions

Anglo American, in partnership with CISL and the University of Queensland’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, has developed a unique programme specifically designed to build the social management capacities of senior managers across the Group.

Jon Samuel, Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement at Anglo American said: “How we understand and respond to the expectations of host societies has become an ever-more critical competence for mining companies. The Advanced Sustainability Management Programme has played an important role in helping our senior management to respond to this challenge through an innovative combination of theory, case studies, site visits and group working.” A key insight from the programme has been the importance of stepping outside of the classroom to engage directly with on-the-ground projects which address some of the most pressing and profound social challenges.

Lindsay Hooper, then Director of Executive Education at CISL, said: “It has been fascinating to work with nearly 200 senior managers from a major mining group, helping them to engage effectively with the complex challenges that arise at the interface between, on the one side, their international mining operations and, on the other, surrounding communities, host governments and the natural environment. One of the most important aspects of the programme is its focus on strengthening the ability of participants to see these challenges through the eyes of their stakeholders and to explore what real leadership on social performance would look like within their own context.”

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"This programme is an important catalyst for climate action within the Bank. We now have the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage colleagues and clients – skills that are essential if we are to promote green, inclusive growth across Africa."

Dr Balgis Osman-Elasha, Climate Change Expert (Program Task Manger), African Development Bank