Report scope and boundary
When read collectively, our suite of reports for the year ending 30 September 2013 aims to present an in-depth and comprehensive view of our business over the past financial year.
It comprises the following:
- This Online Sustainable Development Report, which contains detailed information and a thorough analysis of our complete sustainability performance. This report has been prepared for readers who require detailed information about our approach to sustainability, the ways in which we create value for our stakeholders, the most material issues and challenges we face as a Company, what we do to overcome these challenges and how we performed in these areas during the year.
- A Sustainable Development Summary Report, which presents readers with the year’s material issues and an executive summary of our sustainability performance. This is a printed report aimed at readers interested in only the key indicators of our performance.
- Our first Community Brochure, which highlights our community programmes and initiatives specifically for local community members and representatives, and is available in English, Setswana and isiXhosa.
- Our Annual Report and Accounts, which provide detailed operational and financial reviews of our business performance and financial position. Key elements of our sustainability performance are also reported in our Annual Report and Accounts as we support a transition to integrated reporting.
- Process for defining report content, including: Determining materiality; Prioritizing topics within the report; and Identifying stakeholders the organization expects to use the report.
Our suite of reports covers the 2013 annual reporting period from 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013. Post year-end information is provided when appropriate, and is indicated. It follows from our previous reports, published in December 2012 for the period from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.
In this report we include information on all Lonmin-owned entities: Western Platinum Limited (WPL), Eastern Platinum Limited (EPL) and Messina Platinum Mines Limited (MPML), as well as those joint ventures or partnerships over which we exercised management control during the 12-month reporting period.
Our offices in Johannesburg and London and our exploration activities have not been included in the data presented in this report due to their minimal size and impact relative to our Mining and Process divisions, with the exception of overall quantitative information provided on safety statistics, operational, environmental rehabilitation and associated costs, and the number of employees and contractors.
There have been no significant changes in our size, structure, ownership or products that have materially influenced the scope or boundary of our reporting since the previous reporting period. We have included footnotes where restatements have occurred and have indicated calculations as explanatory notes to some of our indicators, to provide further clarity.
The measures by which we acquire and interpret our data are in line with recommended practice and are detailed in each applicable section of this report. Where changes in data measurement or collection methodologies have occurred, we have stated the basis, calculation and assumptions in the text with footnotes. All monetary amounts reflected in the report are expressed in South African Rands (R) and US Dollars (US$), with a conversion rate calculated at R9.24/US$. A total production figure of 1,336,109 platinum group metal (PGM) refined ounces (oz) has been used to calculate intensity or efficiency in the report.
Specific terms and references
The following references are worth noting as they replace the names of the legal entities. This is because our data is provided in terms of both these operations and their geographic areas.
- ‘Marikana’ refers to the operational activities of Western Platinum Limited (WPL) and Eastern Platinum Limited (EPL) in the North West Province.
- ‘The PMR’, owned by WPL, refers to our Precious Metal Refinery, located in Brakpan, Gauteng Province.
- ‘Limpopo operations’ refers to MPML, owned by WPL and located in Limpopo Province.
- GLC refers to the Greater Lonmin Community, which incorporates the communities within a 15km radius around our Marikana operations.
- Significant changes during reported regarding size, structure or ownership
- Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided.
- Date of most recent previous report (if any).
- Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.)
- Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers).
- Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organisations.
- Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the Indicators and other information in the report.
- Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report.
The report content is based on the outcomes of our risk management processes and materiality assessments, continuous engagement with our stakeholders regarding our and their primary concerns relating to us and our activities, and has obviously been influenced by the historical context in which we find ourselves, with this being the first year after the tragic violence that broke out around Marikana last year and took the lives of 46 people.
Our reporting structure is guided by the Principles of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Technical Protocol on Applying the Report Content. This report has been prepared in accordance with GRI’s G3.1 Guidelines and its Mining and Metals Sector Supplement and we declare it to be compliant to an A+ level of disclosure. This compliance has been externally assured.
Our GRI index is available on this website.
The 10 Sustainable Development Principles and the mandatory Position Statements of the International Council on Mining also inform our reporting.
GRI has updated its Guidelines framework from G3.1 to G4 and has specified that all reports after 31 December 2015 need to reflect this transition. We intend to use the G4 Guidelines for our Sustainable Development Report for the year ending 30 September 2015, in line with the ICMM guidance.
KPMG has provided assurance on selected sustainability information presented in this report, in line with the ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework: Assurance Procedure. KPMG has also provided assurance on the ICMM Subject Matters 1 to 5, which includes our GRI A+ self-declaration as well as selected sustainability data. A list of the data assured and KPMG’s assurance statement are available on this website.
To support our goal of producing a balanced and transparent report, we engaged with a number of independent reviewers to provide feedback on the report, to ensure that we have captured the interests of stakeholders, reported on those issues that are critical, and reported in a sensible manner. The composition of this review panel, their mandate, response, and our responses to their recommendations are available on this website.
- Policy and practice for seeking independent assurance for report.