CSR is committed to providing a safe place to work and protecting the environment in which we operate. The workplace health and safety of CSR's employees, contractors and visitors and the preservation of the environment in which CSR operates is a core value at CSR. The CSR Board regards good management of workplace health, safety and the environment, as well as progressing Sustainability objectives, as a business imperative.
The CSR Board believes that all injuries, occupational illnesses and environmental incidents can be prevented and expects management to establish and maintain appropriate systems and build a culture to support CSR’s safety and sustainability commitments.
Role of the Committee
The CSR Board has established a Safety & Sustainability Committee to assist the CSR Board discharge its workplace health, safety and environment (WHSE) and Sustainability duties by monitoring:
- The establishment of a sound WHSE risk management framework, and a periodic review of the effectiveness of the framework (including the resources and processes for elimination or minimisation of risks and impacts);
- the establishment and monitoring of a sound Sustainability framework and mechanisms to track progress to Sustainability objectives and targets
- CSR's processes for compliance with relevant laws and relevant WHSE policies and standards;
- That management is promoting and modelling a culture of compliance with WHSE responsibilities;
- The establishment and tracking of measurable WHSE and Sustainability objectives and targets, including recognising and celebrating their achievement;
- That CSR has appropriate processes for receiving information regarding incidents, hazards, risks and impacts and the timely response to that information;
- That CSR conducts appropriate WHSE verification activities;
- Up to date information on relevant WHSE and Sustainability developments including laws, community expectations, research findings and technology;
- The potential for CSR liability arising from any WHSE issues;
- CSR’s relationship with, and activities in, the local communities in which we operate;
- CSR's compliance with external Sustainability reporting requirements; and
- Any other WHSE and Sustainability information the Committee deems necessary to enable it to perform its role.
Functions and activities
In order to fulfil this role, the Committee will:
- receive and consider reports submitted by CSR management on:
- the WHSE risk management framework and its effectiveness;
- The Sustainability framework and progress against objectives;
- processes for compliance with relevant WHSE laws, policies and standards;
- the review of analysis regarding WHSE incidents, hazards, risks, impacts, verification activities, organisational culture, performance and developments; and
- other WHSE information deemed necessary to enable it to perform its role;
- visit CSR operational sites to gain an understanding of the operations and WHSE hazards, risks and impacts arising from or associated with the operations on those sites; and
- if deemed necessary, undertake a deep dive analysis of WHSE and/or Sustainability information and/or matter.
The Committee will consist of at least three non-executive directors nominated by the Board, one of whom shall chair the Committee. A quorum of the Committee is two members.
At least two members shall be present at each Committee meeting.
The Board will from time to time review the composition and membership of the Committee to ensure that there is a diversity of views and experience whilst some continuity of membership is maintained.
A member of management will be appointed to act as Secretary of the Committee.
The Committee will usually meet four times per year and seek to include a site visit as part of each meeting. The Committee Chair will be informed of any material and/or urgent WHSE matter outside of its meeting cycle.
As considered appropriate by the Committee, representatives of management (including internal subject matter experts) and external advisers will be invited to attend meetings and accompany the directors on site visits.
The Committee will follow the principles of meeting attendance as established by the Board.
Advice to the Board
Minutes of meetings of the Committee are distributed to all Board members. All Board members have access to Committee papers.
The director chairing the Committee will report to the Board at the next full Board meeting on the discharge of the Committee’s role and functions and any issues that should be raised for consideration by the Board.
Reviewed & updated: March 2023
Next review date: March 2024