To be sustainable, development must improve economic efficiency, protect and restore ecological systems, and enhance the well-being of all peoples.
Corporate Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments. Sustainability is the end goal: the ability of global society to continue into the far future.
Sustainability is a priority interest for us at MCM and a guiding influence for all that we do at MCM. At MCM, we promise to mine our coal and deliver energy for the benefit of our stakeholders in a sustainable manner. To achieve this, MCM has developed a framework SHE Management System based on ISO 45001 and ISO14001 which anchors on the believe that ZERO HARM to people and the environment is possible. An important component of this framework is the establishment of sustainability Policy, objectives, goals, indicators and matrices covering Safety, Health and Environment as a basis for continual improvement.
We are passionate about our safety, health and wellness. This is highlighted by continuous training and development of our staff in areas of safety. At MCM we run a comprehensive and a rigorous SHE Management System which ensures that codes of practice, procedures, legal and other requirements are complied with. Safety is embedded in our everyday activities with employees living the value to the best of their abilities. These has made us to be a globally recognized operation for an outstanding safety record and contributes to us being a high performing organization in the mining sector.
Our Safety and Health performance trends as depicted by the Botswana Chamber of Mines reflects not only the good results but also represents maturity of the overall Safety & Health Management System, built over the years. Safety is MCM’s No. 1 priority in terms of MCM values. The good performance represents our commitment to high standards of operational efficiency, care for the environment, and the well-being of our employees.
MCM continually identifies and evaluates ways to mitigate possible sources of danger to its workforce within their respective working environments. We have over the years built a safety culture amongst our employees through beliefs that make them own and personalize safety and not regard it as just a compliance issue.
The comprehensive Safety and Health Management System has enabled an atmosphere which facilitates a framework within which all our initiatives, innovations and creativity toward achieving Zero Harm can be accomplished. Our organization has been OHSAS 18001 certified in 2011 and later transitioned to ISO 45001:2018 in 2019. We are the first company in Botswana to transition our Occupational Health and Safety Management systems to the new ISO 45001:2018 Standard.
Zero harm to the Environment is possible and as MCM this belief is central to our decision to mine our coal at minimal impacts on the environment.
The Journey to build a resilient Environmental Management System started back in and this will bring us closer to achieving our vision of Zero Harm to the Environment. Within three years of starting this Journey, the Mine’s Environmental Management System got ISO 14001 certified and has been improving by the day since. This is attributed to our environmental stewardship based on respect for the environment in which we operate and for the rights (especially of the quality of life) of our neighboring community.
Across the MCM system, we also recognize that climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for our business and supply chain. As a responsible company, we have taken an initiative to improve the energy efficiency of our production processes and reduce the potential climate impact of the products we sell. Our response to climate change also reflects MCM’s integrated approach to sustainability in which climate protection is a key component of our business strategy.
As part of our continued environmental stewardship, MCM operates a Game Farm, which is approximately 3900ha. It started in 2004 as a small game farm of approximately 1700ha of land and today it has grown three fold into a 3900ha facility. The facility is currently being developed so as to give access to communities in future, more especially schools for biodiversity conservation awareness. The Game farm houses animals such as Kudu, Elands, Zebra, and Hartebeest etc.