Four pillars

Four pillars

Indicators

  • Employment
  • Safety
  • Society

  • Making people our priority

    Society is about measuring the copper industry’s impact on people. This indicator takes into account the employment provided both directly and indirectly by the industry. Health and safety in the workplace is also a key consideration.

    Making people our priority

    Society is about measuring the copper industry’s impact on people. This indicator takes into account the employment provided both directly and indirectly by the industry. Health and safety in the workplace is also a key consideration.

    The specific indicators used to measure the copper industry’s impact on society are:

    1. Total workforce: The number of people directly employed in the sector as well as the ‘indirect’ workforce which includes people in local communities with jobs dependent on the copper sector.

    2. Injury rate: The frequency rate of injuries for every million hours worked.

    Creating livelihoods, protecting lives

    The number of people employed within the copper sector increased by 15% between 2011 and 2013, contrary to the global economic environment.

    While copper is not a labour-intensive industry, it produces a valuable resource which is used in a multitude of other sectors, such as electronics, telecommunications and transportation, which in turn provide employment for thousands, if not millions, of people.

    Injuries decreased by 10% between 2011 and 2013 while the number of employed increased. This demonstrates a concerted effort by the industry to protect its employees and to enforce safer working practices.

    The copper industry invests around US$ 300 million every year in equipment, training and other initiatives to ensure and improve the safety of its employees.

     

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  • $300 M INVESTED IN SAFETY EVERY YEAR

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