Anglo speeds up payments for smaller businesses
The global miner this week provided an update on how it is supporting its employees, host communities and countries of operation in response to the fast-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
In Australia, where the resource sector has been deemed an essential service, the company said it was continuing to operate with all appropriate safety, health and hygiene measures and social distancing protocols in place.
It said it was working closely with government authorities, industry and community organisations to ensure a coordinated approach to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The company said also it was working closely with Central Queensland communities to understand how best to support people who were impacted, including reducing payment terms for all small-to-medium businesses to 14 days, supporting vulnerable groups through its grants program, and helping with critical supplies to regions.
Anglo said it was reducing commuter workforce movements through local communities by stopping non-essential travel to its sites and relocating some people to live locally.
It is moving to using charter flights for the workforce to ensure social distancing and hygiene measures are complied with and to further reduce interaction with the public.
“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,” Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani said.
“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.”