Orano Mining
Corporate Social Responsibility
Report 2017
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In this document, the terms "Orano SA" or the "Company" mean the public limited company Orano, having had New AREVA Holding as its company name until January 22, 2018, and which was also known as NewCo, pending the change of name. The terms "group" or "Orano" refer to the group formed by Orano SA and all of its subsidiaries and equity interests held directly or indirectly. Subsidiaries are referred to by their new company names.

Orano SA, head of the Orano group, is a French “société anonyme” with a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors sets the directions for Orano's business and ensures they are implemented.

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Governance combining oversight and transparency

Since January 8, 2015, Orano SA has had a single governance structure, comprised of a Board of Directors with a Chairman and a Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of Directors is in particular responsible for defining strategy and ensuring that it is implemented. Its activities are governed by internal rules. The Board of Directors meets as often as the interest of the company requires it and at least six times a year.

The role of the Specialized Committees is to gather and provide the Board of Directors with the additional information it needs, as appropriate, and to facilitate decision-making.

Based on the principle of subsidiarity, the management system combines decision-making and decentralized operations through the operational departments and global coordination by coordination and steering committees.


Orano includes all of the fuel cycle activities and related central departments.

Its goal is to be a leader in the recycling of nuclear materials, waste management and dismantling.

It will develop its activities in mining, uranium chemistry (conversion and enrichment), used fuel recycling, logistics, dismantling and fuel cycle engineering.

Orano Mining

The Mining Business Unit includes all the Orano’s mining activities including "Orano Mining Mines SA" and "mining operations" abroad and in France.

The Mining Business Line is managed by M. Jacques Peythieu (since July 1, 2016). He chairs the Mining Business Unit Management Committee which includes the operational directors and directors of support functions involved in mining activities.

Board of Directors

Orano Mining is a business corporation with Board of Directors (Société Anonyme avec Conseil d'Administration). Its primary function is to ensure operational consistency in mining activities carried out in France and internationally. Orano's CEO, Philippe Knoche, is the Chairman of Orano Mining and Jacques Peythieu is the CEO.

Orano Mining SA has a share capital of 25,207,343 euros and is 100% owned by Orano SA.

The head office of Orano Mining SA is at the Tour AREVA (Courbevoie). Orano Mining has another site at Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Limousin).

The organization, operation and prerogatives of the Board of Directors are set by the statutes. The Board of Directors meets at least twice a year. It decides how the company orients its activities and ensures their implementation.

The Board of Directors comprises 9 administrators:

  • 4 appointed at the proposal of Orano SA;
  • 1 state representative;
  • 1 appointed at the proposal of the French state;
  • 3 elected staff representatives (first election held in February 2013).

A state inspector and a government auditor also attend board meetings, along with the secretary of the Central Works Council.

In accordance with the statutes, the Chairman is an executive administrator and has no right of veto. Representatives do not receive any remuneration or advantages from the companies controlled by Orano Mining SA.

50% of the Members of the Board of Directors are women. 55,5% of its Members are between 30 and 50 years of age and 44,5% of its Members are over 50 years of age.

Management Committee

The Mining Business Unit is run according to a decentralized operating model, based around a head office that performs overall management and oversight functions, and structures that carry out mining operations in France and internationally. "Mining operations" covers exploration, project, production, remediation and after-mining monitoring activities.

The Management Committee meets regularly in order to study safety, commercial, industrial and financial results as well as to draw up and monitor mining activity action plans.

It also ensures that the Orano Code of Ethics is respected, in addition to the company's commitments to sustainable development, and leads the risk management process for the Mining Business Unit.

The Management Committee is made up of directors from the operational departments (Geoscience, Operations and Projects, and Safety and Community Involvement) and the functional departments (Human Resources, Communications, Finance, Legal, Uranium Materials Management, Strategy and Development).

20% of the Members of the Management Committee are currently women. 30% of its Members are between 30 and 50 years of age and 70% of its Members are over 50 years of age.

Occupational Safety Committee

On September 1, 2013, in line with Orano's Health and Safety Policy and as part of the associated Mining Business Unit Roadmap, an Occupational Safety Committee was set up. It is made up of members of the Mining Business Unit Management Committee, Site Directors and the Safety Team. It is chaired by Jacques Peythieu.

Its aim is to promote a safety culture within mining operations, establish and validate related objectives and ensure that the group's Health and Safety Policy is respected, along with its associated commitments.

Staff representative bodies

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About staff representative bodies

Orano Mining's Human Resources Policy, in accordance with current regulations, is based on the principles of discussion and consultation. A responsible social dialogue, one that is both constructive and innovative, is considered to be a vital element in the healthy running of the company.

Agreements are regularly signed with staff representatives. In this way, since its creation, over twenty agreements have been negotiated and signed by all the representative union organizations at company level. Regular discussions have been held to keep representatives up-to-date with the latest developments concerning the company both via representative bodies and also at informal meetings organized on both our sites in France.

The Works Committees and union representatives form the representative bodies which engage in social dialogue in the various countries in which the Orano group is present.

Regarding collective bargaining, agreements can be signed with union representatives (trade union coordinators) at group level and also in each of the companies that make up the group.

The Orano group has chosen to formally and responsibly underpin its social policy with the signature of a number of group agreements which establish the foundations of this policy.

To date, several agreements have been signed at group level in France and the construction of social policy continues.

Every year, in France, the mandatory annual negotiations are organized with the staff representative bodies. These in particular relate to wages, gender equality goals on careers and pay levels in the company, as well as measures to achieve them.

On its production sites, Orano Mining also organizes meetings on a monthly or quarterly basis with staff representatives on a variety of topics such as wages, safety, training, quality of life at work, recruitment, etc.

In France, 100% of employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

In Niger, all employees are covered by an inter-professional collective bargaining agreement.

In Canada, workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all other employees are covered by the Canadian Labour Standards Acts.

Finally, in Kazakhstan, an agreement covering employees has been signed for a period of 3 years (March 2015-2018).

In France, the Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee (CHSCT) is both a consultative body and a proactive forum for making proposals. It plays an important role in prevention within Orano Mining. It contributes:

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In 2017, Orano invested in a new digital HR platform. The brand new application called OPUS embodies the group's willingness to transform, to work differently and more efficiently, and in this case to build better collaborative systems to foster the development of all its employees. OPUS is conducive to the simplification of processes and offers new services and features that tie in with the Group's overall digital strategy.

At the end of 2017, the first step in the deployment of OPUS was launched with the "Annual Review" module. The platform will include six other modules: Compensation, Training, Skills management, People Review, Recruitment and Mobility.

The tool is intended to promote transparency of data and give managers more autonomy.

Public financial assistance received

Within the framework of their mining activities, neither Orano Mining SA nor any of its subsidiaries included in the financial consolidation scope have received public financial assistance for the financial year 2017. Items not considered as public assistance for the purposes of this statement include incentives, in particular fiscal incentives, automatically applied to all mining operators, as expressly provided for by the legislation, including mining legislation, of the countries concerned.

In 2017, these were: France, Gabon, Niger, Namibia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Canada.

As at December 31, 2017, the company Orano Mining SA is 100% owned by Orano SA, which is itself 55.56% owned by the French state (including a 5.4% stake through the CEA) and 44,44% owned by the company Orano SA (86.2% of which is directly or indirectly owned by the French state).

In addition, the following subsidiaries have stock held by a state other than the French state or by companies controlled by a State other than the French state (as at December 31, 2017):

International activities

A presence on 4 continents

Limite réglementaire fixée pour les collaborateurs

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Orano Mining has a diverse assets and resources portfolio, which constitutes an important security factor for utilities seeking long-term guarantees with regard to uranium supplies.

Mining employees are present in various countries. There are uranium production sites in three Orano Mining countries: Canada, Niger and Kazakhstan.