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Whitby Potash Mine Owner Updates On Employee Support

Whitby Potash Mine Owner Updates On Employee Support

Published by Karen Liu at 10:32am 6th April 2020.

The owners of the Potash mine near Whitby has provided an update on how it is supporting its employees, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Anglo American Chief Executive, Mark Cutifani, said:

“Society is facing the greatest threat to global health in a century. Safety is at the heart of all that we do at Anglo American, and we are doing all that we can to safeguard our people and their families from the spread of COVID-19, while also providing support to our host communities and countries where it’s most needed.

Across our operations we have implemented all the appropriate health, hygiene and distancing measures aimed at protecting our colleagues’ safety and health, while also responding to our local communities’ needs by continuing to provide many essential services.

We are maintaining the security and integrity of our assets and the supply of essential raw materials to customers, preserving our ability to return operations to normal levels as swiftly as possible when appropriate.

We want to ensure we are ready to support what will be a crucial economic recovery phase for the countries in which we operate and the global economy.

We are a global mining company, with a longstanding commitment as a leader in responsible mining and we have a vital role to play in delivering support to our host communities throughout this difficult time. The broad-based economic and social contribution that mining makes cannot be underestimated, particularly so in the safe and efficient functioning of our host communities.

In addition to these continuing benefits and the essential services that we provide in many communities, we are also responding directly with additional support aimed squarely at the health and economic effects of COVID-19. These additional measures are tailored to the specific needs of our host communities and include providing additional hospital facilities, beds, medical equipment and PPE, while also providing accommodation to health professionals.

We are continuing to increase and broaden our monetary and in-kind support as conditions and needs evolve. Throughout this global pandemic, we are guided by our Purpose and we are staying true to our values. Consistent with the extended breadth of our support to local and regional communities, I would like to thank our colleagues across the globe for their continued hard work and dedication to stay safe, fit and healthy during these challenging times.” 

For its employees, it said:

"Our employees are at the heart of our business and we’ve taken decisive, wide-ranging measures that are stringently applied to protect both the health and well-being of them and their families.

Our people and their families are naturally worried about COVID-19, and the impact that government measures to control it will have on their livelihoods. While the commercial impacts of this crisis will likely be significant for many businesses, we are doing all that we can to insulate our employees during this period.

For example, in South Africa where the most extensive operational impact is currently felt, we have committed to continue paying the salaries of all of our 47,000 employees during the 21-day lockdown period, ensuring that they are able to focus on the health and safety of their families and their local communities.

To that end, we have implemented an extensive health awareness and support programme called “WeCare”, specifically to protect the health and wellbeing of our more than 90,000 employees and full-time contractors around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this programme, we are helping colleagues better understand how to protect themselves and others from catching the virus, monitoring their health to pick up early symptoms, and to manage their health if they test positive for COVID-19"   

For its operations in the UK, Anglo American said:

"In the UK, we have made available 13 apartments in our St Andrews House building, which forms part of the Group’s new London headquarters, for NHS staff working at the nearby St Bart’s Hospital over the next three months.

Our De Beers operation in Maidenhead has converted its 3D printers from developing parts for synthetic detection machines, to instead making headbands for the face shields that form part of the PPE being worn by healthcare staff.

The four printers will be working 24 hours a day and we expect to produce between 25 and 30 of these headband components per day.

At our Woodsmith Project, we are currently exploring ways in which we can further support a number of existing local initiatives".




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