Orano Mining
Corporate Social Responsibility
Report 2017
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Regulatory compliance and enforcement is a prerequisite in our business and lies at the heart of group policies and standards.
We also attach great importance to adopting international good practices in order to continuously improve our approaches and guarantee sector monitoring in terms of sustainable development.

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Since May 2011, Orano has been a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). This initiative is a reflection of Orano's desire to be part of a dynamic of continuous improvement and to share its know-how more effectively with its peers.

Top tier management, together with experts and specialists are actively involved in the working groups and processes associated with the development of ICMM sectoral good practices. As such, activities shall be in line with the following commitments:

  • Incorporate into our policies and practices the 10 principles of sustainable development and the position statements of the ICMM (e.g. Indigenous peoples' rights). In accordance with our internal policies and commitments, we are applying these principles in the development of our Responsible Commitments Plan. They enable us to better understand the issues faced by the mining sector and act as a support in prioritizing the materiality of associated themes.
  • Provide our stakeholders with an annual non-financial report in accordance with the international reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standards).
  • Have our statements and practices, presented in the Corporate Social Responsibility Report on Orano's Mining Activities, reviewed annually by an independent assessor (as per ICMM audit procedure and AA1000 accountability principles).

Understanding the 10 ICMM sustainable development principles

The ten fundamental principles of the ICMM (and their complementary documents in the form of "position statements") take inspiration from other global standards such as the Rio Declaration, the Global Reporting Initiative, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the World Bank's Operational Policies, Conventions 98, 169 and 176 from the International Labour Organization and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

For further information on each of the ten fundamental principles and the different "position statement" commitments, see www.icmm.com.

The extractive industries transparency initiative

Since 2003, by lending its support to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), Orano has demonstrated its commitment to greater transparency in payments made to States, in relation to the management of mining resources.

Niger, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, countries in which the group is engaged in mining activities, are members of ITIE. Niger, however, has announced its withdrawal in November 2017. In these countries, our mining subsidiaries participate in the local multi-party process and declare payment of taxes, mining rights and taxes on profits, royalties, and fees using specific declaration forms, with national governments obliged to report revenues from payments received.
The statutory auditors of these subsidiaries carry out an audit which results in a certificate of compliance in accordance with the IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) ISRS 4400 international standard on related services.

Furthermore, Orano's mining activity entities assess their involvement in the EITI process by means of self-assessment forms.

The French State has been a permanent supporter of the EITI since 2005.


Find all the official publications of the EITI in the various countries where Orano conducts mining activities.

Site of EITI

Health observatories

The Health Observatories deployed in Gabon (Health Observatory of Mounana - OSM) and Niger (Health Observatory for the Region of Agadez - OSRA), were set up to carry out post-professional monitoring of retired employees of COMUF, SOMAÏR and COMINAK likely to have been exposed to ionizing radiation in the course of their activities.

The Health Observatory is a transparent, independent initiative run on a multi-party basis (involving the mining companies, the states and civil society in Gabon and Niger). Were cases of occupational illnesses attributable to exposure to ionizing radiation to be brought to light, care provision would be provided by the competent body of the country in question or, failing that, by the Health Observatory.

The medical consultation that forms part of this post-professional monitoring is organized every 2 years and includes an interview with a doctor, a clinical examination, a chest x-ray and a blood test. It is carried out by independent doctors whose services are provided to the Observatories.

The Observatories in figures...

At the end of 2017, in total more than 4,390 post-professional monitoring consultations have been carried out for former employees of COMUF in Gabon and SOMAÏR and COMINAK in Niger.

Between 2010 and 2015, the OSM organized annual medical consultations in all regions of Gabon: A total 1,158 consultations for 667 former COMUF employees were recorded during this period; 245 files were studied by the Medical Committee; 57 files were selected for further examinations. Out of all the cases handled by the teams and by independent medical experts, no occupational illnesses related to ionizing radiation were detected. Since January 2015, the OSM has not conducted any consultations owing to a disagreement between the different stakeholders of the Observatory.

The OSRA (Agadès Regional Health Observatory) created at the end of 2011 continues its activities with 877 consultations conducted in 2017, including 324 SPP3. By the end of 2017, OSRA had conducted a total of 3,234 consultations.

As of the end of 2017, no occupational diseases related to exposure to ionizing radiation have been declared.

Other Voluntary Initiatives

Committee for Strategic Metals (COMES)

The French committee for strategic metals (Comité pour les Métaux Stratégiques - COMES) was created in January 2011 by the French authorities, giving rise to a forum for discussion and coordination between government departments, public agencies and professional associations three doctors, all experts in pathologies linked to ionizing radiation, analyze the health data sent by the Observatory doctor.from the extractive industries.

To protect the national economy, COMES provides strategic steering of mineral resources with the aim of safeguarding the procurement of these raw materials needed to supply the country's industry.

Given this objective, the activities carried out by COMES are organized into five critical areas:

  • 1. Analysis of the demand of domestic industry.
  • 2. Exploration initiatives and assessment of existing resources.
  • 3. Waste management.
  • 4. Vulnerability with regard to international circumstances.
  • 5. Research and innovation

Minerals, Ores and Metals Alliance (Alliance des Minerais, Minéraux et Métaux - A3M)

The Minerals, Ores and Metals Alliance (Alliance des Minerais, Minéraux et Métaux - A3M) is the result of the alliance between the FEDEM (Federation of Ores, Industrial Minerals and non-ferrous metals - Fédération des Minerais, Mineraux Industriels et Métaux Non Ferreux) of which Orano Mining is a member, and the French steel federation, the FFA. The alliance was created in 2013 and started operating in January 2014. Its aim is to improve visibility, representativeness and effectiveness in all areas of shared interests and particularly in two areas:

  • 1. Economic performance and competitiveness.
  • 2. Safety and community investment

A3M contributes to safeguarding the supply of the raw and secondary materials that are necessary for French industry to function properly, especially in key sectors with the greatest needs (construction, defense, automotive, aerospace, engineering), while implementing all the appropriate practices for meeting stringent regulatory requirements.

A3M also took part in discussions for the drafting of the new French mining code with the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Orano Mining is one of France's representatives in the Uranium group of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, the organization responsible for publishing the biennial report "The Red Book". This report collects all the mining statistics on the uranium of member countries.

All member countries contribute to the data for mining exploration activities, for the industrial activity of uranium production, on mining resources and reserves, and basic data on nuclear power generation.

Orano Mining, with its international expertise and knowledge of the uranium business and disciplines, contributes to the analysis of collected data in order to produce a baseline report to serve the international nuclear community.

World Nuclear Association (WNA)

The World Nuclear Association (WNA) is an organization created in 1991 that evolved out of the Uranium Institute. Today it counts more than 170 members throughout the global nuclear industry:

  • 1. all the players across the fuel cycle (uranium, conversion, enrichment, fuel);
  • 2. all the builders of nuclear power plants;
  • 3. most of the engineering, construction and nuclear waste processing companies.

Its mission is to promote nuclear energy as a sustainable source of electricity production, through the organization of working groups and plenaries, and by producing benchmark technical or strategic analyses for the industry.
The organization thus enables its members to share expertise, the best practices in the industry, and to gain a thorough understanding of their markets.
Orano is an active member of the WNA.

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is an American organization created in 1994 through the merger of several legacy organizations, devoted to promoting the nuclear energy industry. The institute currently has 350 members.

The aim of the organization is to inform and raise awareness on the role of nuclear energy.

The NEI uses its expertise to develop policies adapted to the specific issues facing the nuclear industry (economy, environmental, health issues, etc.), in order to ensure sustainable development and public acceptance of the industry.


On 4 May 2010, the governments of the 42 OECD and non-OECD countries adhering to the OECD Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises updated their Guidelines to reflect changes in the landscape for international investment and multinational enterprises.

These Guidelines aim to ensure that the operations of multinational enterprises are in harmony with government policies, to strengthen the basis of mutual confidence between enterprises and the societies in which they operate, to help improve the foreign investment climate and to enhance the contribution to sustainable development made by multinational enterprises.

The Global Compact

These are ten universal principles relating to human rights, rights at work, the environment and anti-corruption:

Human rights

  • 1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • 2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


  • 3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • 4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  • 5. The effective abolition of child labour; and
  • 6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


  • 7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • 9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


  • 10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries at the United Nations, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These goals, which are universal, inclusive and interconnected, have the essential aim of involving all stakeholders in order to establish a common language. The SDGs are an extension of the Millennium Development Goals and are a means of raising awareness about corporate responsibility, a source of economic opportunity, but also a lever for multi-stakeholder collaboration to act.

In order to achieve this transition, these 17 SDGs are accompanied by 169 targets, addressed to all the actors, and which make it possible to adapt the objectives according to each actor's own activities.