SUSTAINABILITY TOPIC: BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is a basic precondition for life on Earth – including for humans. Studies show that over half of the world’s BNP, is wholly or partly dependent on nature and ecosystem services. At the same time, biodiversity is declining at a dramatic pace as a consequence of human activities. However, there are great opportunities to reverse the downward trend in biodiversity. Boliden’s overall goal is to contribute to increased biodiversity by 2030 in all regions where we operate.

The following measures to work ­proactively for biodiversity net gain have been identified:

1. Create social benefits by supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

2. Gain access to land through environmental permits

3. Meet owners’ demands

4. Meet clients’ demands

5. Meet stakeholders’ expectations

6. Attract and retain competent staff

7. Gain society’s acceptance

8. Minimize risks

9. Facilitate business planning and increase the rate of innovate

 

Boliden’s operations shall be sustainable through the entire value chain from prospecting, during production, through to post-­treatment, and in a long-term perspective after completion of post-­treatment. Boliden takes responsibility for the impact of our operations and works pro-actively to minimize losses of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to enhance ecosystems.

Working according to the mitigation hierarchy involves systematically working with biodiversity based on the following steps:

• Firstly, avoid impact if possible

• Secondly, minimize impact that cannot be avoided with ­mitigation measures

• Thirdly, restore impacts by, for example, environmental ­remediation.

• As a fourth measure, offset the impacts caused and strive toward creating a net gain for biodiversity

 

More information available in the Annual and Sustainability Report on page 19.

Collaboration with stakeholders

Boliden’s work builds on an understanding of and collaboration with other industries and stakeholders. This means that we initiate respectful cooperation and relations with local society. Through close dialogue and the exchange of knowledge, we strive towards creating a net gain for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

304–1 Operational sites in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity values

304–2 Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity

304–3 Habitats protected and restored

304–4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations

MM1 Amount of land disturbed or rehabilitated