Kalban: leading in sustainability

Kalban: leading in sustainability

EGA launches sustainability report

September 1, 2018

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), a leading industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, has launched its 2017 sustainability report detailing the organisation’s aspirations and achievements in the realms of economic, social and environmental performance. It also identifies targets and goals in such areas for the future.

EGA aspires to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities, said a statement from the company.

EGA’s sustainability report charts the company’s performance in the areas of emissions, safety, technological innovation, community engagement, waste and effluent management and social responsibility, among others, it said.

The disclosures made in the report are the outcome of a materiality analysis that identified topics that warrant the greatest levels of transparency and accountability, as well as EGA’s values and commitments, it added.

Prepared in accordance with the standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative, the most widely recognised framework for sustainability reporting, the report is largely focused on EGA’s 2017 performance. However, it also incorporates data for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to illustrate trends since the formation of EGA through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium in 2014.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, said: “We recognise that our role must extend beyond simple compliance or keeping up with our peers. Working with our customers, regulators, shareholders and stakeholders, we intend to be an innovator and a leader in sustainability.”

EGA’s sustainability report is part of the firm’s push to become certified to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s Performance Standards, which are globally-applicable standards specific to responsible production, sourcing and stewardship within the aluminium value chain.

Last year, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to apply for membership to the ASI, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.

EGA’s sustainability report includes additional disclosures specific to the requirements of the ASI Performance Standards. The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative launched its Performance Standards in December 2017, enabling organisations to seek certification, it stated.

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