Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) parent company, Vedanta Resources Plc hosted its third annual Sustainable Development Day in London, to update analysts, investors and members of key industry bodies on the company’s sustainable development activities in the past year and to hold an open discussion with the management team.
One of the major highlights for the conference was the Vendata local unit, KCM, committing to bringing its main tailings dam and Tailings Leach Plant to zero discharge within two years, the first such programme in the Zambian mining industry.
Opening the meeting, Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc, said: “In every aspect of our operations, we are committed to making a positive impact by caring for our employees, eradicating poverty, protecting the environment and contributing to the development of strong and vibrant nations.
He pointed out that they remain committed to goals of Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge and we are making good progress. Agarwal said that the “event was an opportunity to engage with a group of important stakeholders and benefit from their insights as we continue on our sustainable development journey.”
And Katya Zotova, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Vedanta Sustainability Committee, added that “Guaranteeing the safety and well-being of Vedanta’s employees remains one of the Sustainability Committee’s top priorities.
Zotova said that” the overall improvement in safety performance seen across the Group reflects the robust practices and processes that we have put in place. However, we still have room for improvement and will take action based on the learnings from incidents until we reach zero harm, said Zotova.
Zotova indicated that they are fully committed to maintaining our Social License to Operate, including through upholding the principle of free prior and informed consent. Vedanta’s management team highlighted progress and plans in a number of areas of sustainable development.