Act4nature international is a voluntary biodiversity alliance directed at French companies operating internationally, which was launched by a French association, Entreprises pour l'Environnement (EpE).
Eramet has initiated the process for becoming a member of this alliance. Following the submission of its biodiversity policy commitments to act4nature, the Eramet Group has had them validated and recognized as being SMART by the alliance’s steering committee, following a process of consultation with its network of environmental NGOs, scientific bodies and committed companies
This membership process is part of the Group's biodiversity policy as set out in its CSR roadmap (2018-2023).
This is the first time that a panel of environmental NGOs and scientific bodies has recognized the Group's commitments to biodiversity, an acknowledgment that reinforces its CSR approach, as the Group strives to become a benchmark in terms of the responsible processing of the Earth's mineral resources for the benefit of all, as reflected in its corporate mission, enshrined in its Articles of Association this year.
Aware of the urgent plight of our planet, Eramet's day-to-day activities are geared to ensuring the sustainability of plant and animal species and their habitats.
As part of its CSR roadmap, Eramet has committed to protecting water resources and accelerating the restoration of sites by fostering biodiversity. In 2014, the Group had already adopted a Biodiversity Policy, as part of a continuous improvement process. Its commitments have now been formally set out in its Environmental Responsibility Policy (updated in 2020).
Respect for biodiversity is therefore fully incorporated into the activity of each of the Group's mining and industrial sites. Characterization studies are regularly conducted to collect as much information as possible about local biodiversity, as well as usages and ecosystem services. These studies were entrusted to national and international specialists and experts, including specialized firms, public institutes, universities and NGOs. The risks and impacts of activities on biodiversity are studied and preservation actions are defined accordingly.
When a project is launched, a whole host of preparatory work is carried out to implement a suitable strategy. The main steps in this strategy are generally as follows:
- avoid negative impacts on biodiversity
- reduce the impact to shorten the duration, intensity and extent of any impacts
- rehabilitate the sites, in particular by prioritizing the reintroduction of endemic species
- offset any significant residual impacts
Finally, initiatives to promote biodiversity are being carried out among employees and in the community as a whole. In 2021, the Group created the Lékédi Biodiversity Foundation in Gabon to study, raise awareness and protect Gabon's biodiversity and support research projects.