This is Unimin's second sustainability report providing data and stories from 2011 through 2013. Report content represents all wholly owned mining operations and related facilities managed by Unimin Corporation including Unimin Specialty Minerals Inc. and Southern Lime in the United States, Grupo Materias Primas in Mexico and Unimin Canada. All of these entities report to our corporate headquarters in New Canaan, Connecticut.
This report is prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3.1 guidelines and the Mining and Metals Sector Supplement. It is a GRI-Checked Application Level C report, and GRI has verified that the report is completed in accordance with Application Level C.
Unimin's operations are managed by the Executive Management Group (EMG) consisting of executive officers who are responsible for defining the strategy and goals for the organization. The EMG reports to the Unimin CEO, who reports to the Sibelco Group CEO and the Sibelco Group Executive Committee, which in turn report to the SCR-Sibelco Group Board of Directors, the highest leadership body for Unimin's operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Highlight Story Our Vision
Unimin's "Vision Document" communicates the basic elements of our management philosophy, our approach to managing our business and our commitment to our stakeholders. The Document provides the framework and processes to look beyond daily business challenges and develop longer-term and systematic solutions to achieve our ultimate goal of Operational Excellence. Five guiding principles focus our efforts and serve as benchmarks against which we measure our progress:
- A Safe and Healthy Workplace
- Long-Term Access to High Quality Mineral Reserves
- Industry Leading Operations and Technology
- People Performing at Their Best
- The Customer at the Center of Everything We Do
Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality
During 2012 and 2013 we saw an improved coordination of the Company's vision document and sustainability initiatives. Central to this effort was an expanded materiality exercise conducted with Unimin's Senior Management Team and their direct reports. The exercise identified internal and external stakeholder priorities, validated our most important areas of focus and established aspirational goals in those areas.
A cross-functional sustainability team is focusing its energies in three key areas:
- Cascade our sustainability message throughout the organization.
- Document independent sustainability initiatives to multiply best practices.
- Improve our internal sustainability reporting mechanisms.
In the coming year we will establish a baseline of quantitative and qualitative data that will help improve our processes for a sustainable future.Highlight Story Bold Goals
- We will be the leading corporate citizen in the communities in which we work.
- We will champion ‘personal sustainability' through employee safety, wellness and enrichment programs.
Occupational Health & Safety
- We will be the safety and health leader in our industry.
- We will optimize our natural resource utilization to ensure sustainable performance for our stakeholders.
- We will proactively manage our environmental impact to advance our sustainable growth.
- We will sustain our economic growth and the prosperity of our stakeholders through continuous improvement and innovation.