MUMBAI: Vedanta Resources Plc hosted its first Sustainable Development Day in London on 1 July 2015. As part of Vedanta’s ongoing commitment to safety and sustainability as a key business imperative, this event was hosted for analysts and investors, to explain how Vedanta is embedding sustainability across its operations, and to provide an update on progress in the past year.
The event was launched by Roma Balwani, Vedanta’s Sustainability, CSR and Communications President. The launch was followed by a presentation from Euan Macdonald, Chairman of Vedanta’s Sustainability Committee and Non-Executive Director. Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta, spoke about how Vedanta is putting its sustainable development model into practice. The day also included case studies on sustainable development initiatives at Vedanta’s operations:
· Abhijit Pati, CEO of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, explained how his division is partnering with communities, local government and NGOs to benefit the societies in Odisha, which has the richest mineral resources of any state in India.
· Deshnee Naidoo, CEO of Zinc International, talked about the action taken to protect regional biodiversity during the development of the Gamsberg Project in South Africa, and the best practice mine closure at Lisheen in Ireland.
·Steven Din, CEO of Konkola Copper Mines, discussed the much improved relationship with the Government of Zambia which has resulted from continual engagement, and an important educational programme to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDs in communities and the workplace.
Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Resources Plc, commented “Our approach to achieving long-term business goals places utmost importance on sustainable development. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our people and continue to engage with our host communities to ensure that they share in the value we create.
Maintaining our ‘Licence to Operate’ by ensuring sustainable practices across the entire Group remains our key priority. I believe we have made solid progress over the past year and I am confident we will continue to see tangible, positive results from our social and environmental initiatives”
During the course of the event, Vedanta’s 2014 -2015 Sustainability Report was unveiled.
The Sustainability Report: sustainable-development
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