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Whitby Potash Mine Owners Speak on Coronavirus

Whitby Potash Mine Owners Speak on Coronavirus

Published by Jon Burke at 9:29am 20th March 2020.

Given the fast-evolving global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anglo American is providing an update on how it is responding to protect the health and wellbeing of its people, whilst maintaining business continuity.

Anglo American says it's abiding by the advice from the government and health authorities in its different operating jurisdictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anglo American is also implementing additional measures across its offices and operations, guided by the World Health Organisation and national public health authorities.

Chief Executive of Anglo American, Mark Cutifani, said:

“We are taking all appropriate measures, often tailored to the specific nature and location of a particular site, to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our people and all those who interact with our business around the world.

The nature of our business is such that much of our work cannot be done remotely, so our focus is on reducing the risk of the virus spreading into and across our sites. Operational continuity is critical for jobs, for the communities around our operations and for the local and global economies. Our sites and offices therefore have escalation plans to accommodate the ongoing impact of the pandemic and these will continue to be revised as the situation evolves.

We recognise that this is a fast changing and stressful situation for everyone and we know that we all have our part to play to help each other through the pandemic and be ready for when we emerge on the other side.”

Anglo American has a designated senior multi-disciplinary team in place that is monitoring the situation across our operating countries and sites to update our decisions in response to the disease and to plan for a range of scenarios. This team provides advice to the operating businesses and provides regular updates to Anglo American’s Chief Executive and Group Management Committee.

Currently all its mines are operational, with no material impact on production, and its supply chains are functioning well as a result of ongoing proactive engagement with key supply partners.

At certain operations, such as those in Chile, the company is taking measures to temporarily reschedule operational work in order to help reduce the density of people on site and with it reduce the probability of the virus spreading. Such actions are designed to minimise any impact onr production volumes and on  deliveries of metals and minerals to customers.

Across its business as a whole, the firm says its approach is to take measures to help safeguard people from the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring it's able to continue the day-to-day business of Anglo American.

These measures include:

• Regular communications with employees on all guidelines, restrictions and best practice hygiene and health recommendations;
• Working from home (in many countries), where possible or required or, for certain offices, strict segregation rotas;
• Restrictions on all new and existing work-related international travel;
• Across most of our corporate offices, employees who want to work remotely can choose to do so, especially if pregnant or at risk, or caring for children, the elderly or vulnerable;
• Restrictions on non-essential visits to operating sites;
• Intensified cleaning at offices and sites;

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