Orano Mining
Corporate Social Responsibility
Report 2017
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Orano Mining wants to be a leading and exemplary player in driving the development of its mining activities. The goal as a responsible mining company is to ensure sustainable, concerted and balanced development towards meeting the social, environmental, societal, technical and economic challenges involved in the Mining BU's activities at each stage of the mining cycle.


Our definition: “Being a responsible mining company”

Our actions in the area of corporate social responsibility are structured and formally defined by our commitments and our governing bodies.

In 2016, we set out our CSR policy, which was drawn up in consultation with the various different sites and departments of the Mining BU Mines, then approved by the Management Committee and signed by the Senior Executive Vice President of the Business Unit.

A CSR committee, a body on the same level as the Mining BU's Management Committee, has been set up and met for the first time in April 2017. Its purpose is to approve the goals and the progress made with regard to CSR policy on an annual basis.

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Our stakeholders: "Identifying and meeting expectations"

Dialogue and consultation with our stakeholders are among the fundamentals of our approach.

Our teams at headquarters and/or on site are their primary interface.

A number of both voluntary and regulatory approaches help us facilitate these relationships and identify groups interested in our activities.

Frameworks and tools for identifying stakeholder expectations

  • Regulations in force, whether national or international. These may designate, depending on the type of mining project, the stakeholders to be consulted as part of a clearly established dialogue and consultation process: e.g. the Site Monitoring Committee in France for after-mining remediation and monitoring projects. Other groups to be consulted may include stakeholders such as (but not limited to) the authorities, residents' associations or staff representative bodies.
  • Mining agreements, specific partnership agreements or special provisions in our contracts, may lay down a framework for investments for the benefit of communities or other local players with a view to socio-economic development.
  • Frameworks and standards set by professional organizations in the sector and bodies in charge of voluntary transparency and responsibility initiatives.
  • "Stakeholder mapping" and risk management exercises (e.g. the business risk model). These are internal methodological principles. These systems help our teams identify and analyze the commitments to be made with regard to groups impacted by our mining and industrial projects.
  • Local bodies for dialogue with stakeholders. Bodies such as the Bilateral steering committee (CBO - Conseil Bilatéral d'Orientation, Niger), which bring together local elected officials, relevant authorities and civil society, alongside Orano Mining, serve to elicit local stakeholder expectations.

Our Objectives: "Identifying and overcoming current and future challenges"

Mining is an industrial activity that can have environmental impacts.

Uranium has specific physical, chemical and radiological properties.

We therefore adopt stringent and statutorily demanding practices for the protection of people and the environment.

These are preoccupations that are taken into account at all stages of the mine’s lifecycle over a number of decades: control the impact of liabilities and safeguard against long-term risks (over 50 years).

  • Environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Health
  • Radiation protection
  • Remediation
  • Water
  • Air
  • Soil
  • People
  • Safety
  • Waste
  • Emissions

Our mining operations are international, and their contexts vary from one country to another, from an environmental standpoint as much as on political, economic, social and cultural levels.

The acceptability of our mining activities (our “social license to operate”), the contribution we can make to local development and the consultation of stakeholders are key areas of commitment on our part, both from a regulatory and a voluntary standpoint.

Building and maintaining trust is a constant challenge.

  • Multi-cultural
  • Local purchasing
  • Native populations
  • Communities
  • Stakeholders
  • Trust
  • Dialogue
  • Consultation
  • Local development
  • Redistribution
  • EITI
  • Access to water
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment

Numerous factors also have an impact on the production of Yellow Cake (uranium oxides): ore prices, national and international energy policies, the safety environment, regulatory requirements, stakeholder expectations, industry best practices, etc.

Our teams have to deal with constantly changing environments while ensuring a high level of safety and risk prevention over the long term.

  • Fuel cycle
  • Transport
  • Logistics
  • Financial
  • Customers
  • Partners
  • Investors
  • States
  • Authorities
  • General public
  • Safety
  • ICMM
  • Risks

Our actions: "Mobilizing our disciplines around our policy of social responsibility"

We are working hard to appropriate the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and extend it across the entire scope of our activities.

We seek to be coherent with our corporate culture and at the same time receptive to related developments: extra-financial reporting, materiality, mapping and inclusion of stakeholders in our processes, community involvement, etc.

Our responsible approach is best defined through the commitment of our teams to identify and apply best industry practices.

Orano is a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and its undertaking to adopt the principles and positions of the organization dates back to 2012. As such our delegation, composed of specialists and managers, is involved in its various working groups. The goal is to share our practices and lessons learnt with our peers. Members of our top-level management also sit on the ICMM Council.

We have defined three main areas where we are determined to progress continuously.