Orano Mining
Corporate Social Responsibility
Report 2017
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Our objective:
"provide you with meaningful and comprehensive reporting on our policy of social responsibility, as associated with our principal short and long term challenges."

Our challenge:
"allow you to express your expectations in terms of disclosure either through this web report or locally through our teams on the mining sites".


Materiality consists in identifying the CSR performance topics on which the Orano Mining Business Unit should report annually.

To carry out this exercise, we must consider two types of input data:

The materiality criteria to be assessed were defined on the basis of Orano Mining's internal policies and on the ten sustainable development principles of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Share with stakeholders in a relevant, accurate and accessible manner, non-confidential information relating to decisions or activities having an impact on the economy, the general public or the environment. 1. Transparency
Adopt and maintain ethical business practices in order to avoid incidents of corruption or bribery. 2. Ethical business
Manage the supplier and product procurement chain in compliance with criteria conducive to protecting the environment, to social progress, to human rights and to economic development. 3. Responsible purchasing
Reduce, analyze and assess industrial risks liable to lead to health and safety consequences for employees, or to harmful consequences for the general public and the environment. 4. Risk management
Contribute to meeting local socio-economic and healthcare needs, respecting fundamental human rights and the culture and heritage of indigenous peoples, throughout the lifecycle of the mining activity and in cooperation with stakeholders. 5. Community involvement
Protect the health and safety of employees and keep the radiological impact on neighboring communities to a minimum. 6. Health and protection
of employees
Facilitate and safeguard dialogue between employees and general management (e.g. through staff representative bodies and internal communications). 7. Labor relations
Monitor and assess quality of air, water, soils and the food chain, and optimize consumption of resources (water, energy, etc.) and raw materials (reagents, etc.). 8. Environmental footprint
Keep footprint to a minimum and preserve the flora and fauna in proximity to mining activities. 9. Biodiversity
Help combat climate change by keeping greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum (CO2 et VOCs). 10. Climate change
Control all liquid, solid and gaseous discharges and emissions, as well as waste and processing tailings, liable to have an impact on the environment. 11. Emissions and waste
Prepare for the end of life phase of the mine as far upstream as possible, in compliance with environmental, social and societal principles and the regulations in force. 12. Remediation – Management of long-term impact
Ensure production is conducted on time, on budget and in accordance with Orano values. 13. Operational performance
Guarantee the inspection and tracking of uranate concentrates, as well as the safety and security of shipments to converters. 14. Shipments and traceability of uranium

At the end of 2016, we re-updated the exercise conducted in 2014, re-using the same criteria and putting questions to certain of our external stakeholders.

A wide variety of stakeholders, from Niger, Namibia, Canada and France were consulted, as part of mapping processes carried out in Namibia and to some extent in Niger; opinion surveys carried out in Canada and questionnaires sent out in France or in Niger. The feedback from questionnaires filled out online in the "Participate" section of the CSR report website were also used to gain a fuller picture of the expectations of stakeholders.

This update made it possible to confirm 7 criteria as being priority areas for reporting:

We have therefore decided to give readers of the Corporate Social Responsibility Report access to the information on these seven criteria through the CSR Approach governance section which presents the main transverse subjects of interest to our stakeholders (ethics and human rights, risk management, etc.) and to our six major commitments on mining activities: occupational safety, health and radiation protection, environment and biodiversity, community engagement, commitment to employees, post-mining, innovation.

Next Steps:

It is necessary to confirm the issues identified as being of material significance in 2016, in particular as far as business expectations are concerned. To this effect, in line with a continuous improvement approach and in order to ascertain more fully the wishes of the various stakeholders, a consultation of Mining BU subsidiaries and departments in 2018 will serve to check for any changes in CSR expectations within Orano Mining. With regard to external stakeholders, certain categories not consulted in 2016 will need to be approached, including suppliers and customers for example.

Furthermore, additional mapping operations in Mongolia, at Niamey in Niger, and in France, will make it possible to provide greater reassurances that the expectations of external stakeholders are being met, supplementing the questionnaire available online as part of this report which gives readers the chance to express their views on CSR issues.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The involvement of business and civil society in this process is as important as that of governments. Orano Mining has therefore decided to build the Sustainable Development Goals into its CSR strategy. Of the 17 SDGs, Orano Mining contributes significantly to 11 of the goals.

To help visualize the relationship between Orano Mining's activities and the SDGs, icons placed at the beginning of each commitment will highlight the goals to which Orano Mining contributes.

The materiality analysis explained previously has allowed Orano Mining to identify the 5 most relevant goals corresponding to its activities and the areas in which the company has the most impact.

2017 Results

The new 2017 CSR report seeks to meet these expectations by following the guidelines of the GRI Standards – core level.

Canada and the two Nigerien companies SOMAIR and COMINAK draw up their own reports, while Mongolia and Kazakhstan published their first reports in 2015 and 2017 respectively. The ambition for the coming years is to compile all these reports based on the same GRI 4 template, every two years as a rule.