As responsible miners, we are committed to protect biodiversity, air and water quality, and to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements wherever we operate during all stages of a mine’s life cycle.
This commitment is enshrined in our Ten Guiding Principles for Corporate Responsibility and in our corporate Environmental Policy, which has been reviewed and updated since the publication of our 2009 CR report. Responsibility for environmental protection is overseen by the Board of Directors' Corporate Responsibility Committee and depends on the dedicated effort of everyone in the organization. To reinforce this, employees at our sites receive annual mandatory environmental training. In 2011, compliance training was delivered to supervisors at our North American operations and is scheduled for completion in all regions during 2012.
To support our commitment, all sites are routinely audited against corporate standards and compliance requirements. Our corporate environmental governance programs are embodied within Kinross’ CRMS. They include environmental management standards, which provide clear direction regarding performance expectations and minimum design and operating requirements, an audit program, metrics, and reporting requirements. Our CRMS is modelled on ISO 14001 and other internationally recognized standards as well as best practices from around the world. Our sites at La Coipa and Paracatu are also ISO 14001 certified. To learn more about our CRMS, visit Managing Corporate Responsibility.